The year two class took part in a number of tasks developed with exploring the five senses in mind. These included a special ‘woolly-worm’ hunt, mystery feely bags full of interesting objects and magical smelly potions were made from the wonderful variety of herbs and flowering plants found on the 10-acre site. The children also looked closely at the ears of different animals and had the chance to draw their own sound. And finally, they got to put their sense of taste to the test over lunch time!
The event was part of a three-year project working with volunteers to create welcoming, well managed, wildlife rich sites across Leeds and using them to deliver environmental education. The project is being led by BTCV, the UK’s largest practical conservation charity, working with people in Leeds to take a hands-on approach to improving their local environment. Skelton Grange Environment Centre is an environmental education project near Hunslet, which is a partnership between BTCV and National Grid with support from Leeds City Council. It offers a range of fun, hands-on environmental education activities for schoolchildren which aim to encourage an interest in the natural world.