The John Muir Award and the National Curriculum.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe”
The John Muir Award is a national environmental Award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in the spirit of fun, adventure and exploration. It supports practical learning outside the classroom and celebrates the achievements of our young people. The John Muir award aims to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills whilst also encouraging our children to take some responsibility for their own environment.
The Award is available to our year 5 pupils and is rooted into termly plans through cross curricular schemes. The entire curriculum can be integrated into the Award delivery, embracing a wide range of experiences and learning styles. This cross curricular aspect helps to engage students of differing abilities and interests encouraging everyone to achieve success. The activities are wide ranging and include researching John Muir, environmental surveys and conservation tasks to improve the biodiversity within their chosen wild area. These incorporate subjects such as English, mathematics, science, art, history and of course geography.