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Into the wilderness!

Submitted by Education on Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:52

Sometimes there's nothing like getting into the great outdoors and communing with nature.

As part of our regular PPA Cover project, artist Poppy Green took a group of Year 3 students to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End to develop their understanding of land art and hill drawings, which forms part of their learning about prehistoric Britain.

The historic Victorian cemetery is now a protected nature reserve, bursting with an array of fascinating flora and fauna.

The children worked in "tribes" and were encouraged to explore and collect natural items that they then used to create large scale drawings representing their tribe on the ground. 

It was so lovely to see the children outside of the classroom. Their excitement and curiosity was contagious - it felt like a wild adventure even though we were only 10 minutes from the school!

Poppy Green, Lead Artist

In a 2008 report Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?, OFSTED found that learning outside of the classroom environment can contribute significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.

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