Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN)
With thanks to our funders, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) (Outdoor Learning in Nature), since April 2019 we’ve been delivering outdoor learning to 5 participating local schools. Learning at Saughton Park enables our pupils to connect with various park groups, visitors and events at the park as well as contributing to greenspace improvements within the park. Pupils benefit from learning outdoors, improving not only gardening and nature skills but also developing important life skills. GLiN also supports teachers by delivering monthly CPD sessions for all teaching staff
What is GLiN?
‘She has found her voice, which is so encouraging.’ Teacher
Weekly sessions see a total of 48 pupil’s 12 teachers/classroom assistants gain practical horticultural skills and active participation in nature-based learning.
Pupils and teachers will participate in our sessions till December 2020 when we will then launch our new GLiN award, Scotland wide. Throughout the duration of GLiN, evaluation of progress will be captured in a number of ways including video, due for release December 2020.
Learning in local greenspaces
- Pupils and teachers to learn together to achieve their GLiN Award.
- They develop knowledge and understanding of core horticultural activities.
- They develop knowledge and understanding of biodiversity, wildlife identifications, pollinators, nature conservation.
- They will undertake wildlife surveys and will link to Local Biodiversity Action Plans and Saughton Park Management Plan.
Visits to local countryside
As well as learning in and around Saughton Park, our groups have also made visits to Corstorphine Hill, the Water of Leith and Colinton Dell to explore different landscapes and learn about wildlife.
They also take part in various volunteering opportunities, events and undertake wildlife identifications.
‘Grow and Learn in Nature is the best part of my week.’ Pupil