By Becks Fowkes, Size of Wales Education Outreach Officer
In April 2018, I visited Ysgol Frongoch in Denbigh. Mrs Gregory, the schools’ eco-coordinator asked me to deliver workshops and an assembly to years 5 and 6 on behalf of Size of Wales’ Education Programme.
The children connected deeply with threatened wildlife of the forests, which helped the children’s understanding of the concept of climate change and how it affects both wildlife and people globally. The children decided they would share their new-found knowledge with younger children from their school and even made educational games.
Mrs Gregory also attended Size of Wales’ climate change training sessions for teachers, delivered as part of a project funded by the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust. These training sessions aim to equip teachers with knowledge, ideas for teaching climate change and, just as important, the confidence to do so. At the end of the session Mrs Gregory said she was taking away a lot of ideas to use with her students. She borrowed Size of Wales’ rainforest board game and let us know that the pupils loved the game.
In June, I was invited back to Ysgol Frongoch for a special assembly. The whole school, including teachers dressed up as animals and they all helped raise money for Size of Wales’ forest projects – £66 which Size of Wales will double through their match-fund before sending it off to our forest projects!
The hall looked and sounded wonderful. We sang a few rounds of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and roared out some animal noises in celebration! The older students presented their wonderful climate change games to the younger children. I had tears in my eyes when I heard their sincere wishes to preserve the rainforest and look after their world and all the animals in it.
The children clearly learnt a lot and have continued to be environmentally engaged. For example, they wrote letters about single-use plastic to a venue they had subsequently visited. I think they will continue their inspiration taking positive action and engaging with the world around them.
From Becks and us all at Size of Wales, thank you Ysgol Frongoch and keep up the good work!