“All the children have been engaged throughout the sessions – and the lessons had clear links to our learning. The First Step Wild staff had impressive behaviour management and it’s been a pleasure to have the team here. Thank you from us all!”
Sarah – Year 5 Teacher, Mersey Primary Academy
“Year 6 would usually struggle to engage at the end of the school year – but they thoroughly enjoyed the 6-week course.
Louise Milne – Mersey Primary Academy
Mersey Primary Academy is a good primary school in Hull, located towards the East of the city, looking after more than 200 children aged 3 – 11.
It’s part of the Delta Trust Academy, committed to improving educational outcomes for communities in the North of England.
In spring 2019, the school was looking for an engaging end of year programme for Year 5 and Year 6.
The end of the school year can be a challenging time – especially for Year 6, with the impending end of primary school, and the impending move to secondary having an impact on pupil behaviour and lesson engagement.
To address this, the school was looking for a fun and hands on activity programme to end the year on a high – something that would fit into the topics the children were covering, and support the learning objectives.
We had launched First Step Wild, a new outdoor learning business that gets children to engage with nature by learning outside in January 2019. When Mersey Primary heard about the programme they felt it was a great fit – especially as the children were working on a project about David Attenborough, conservation and the natural world.
The first programme was a fantastic success. The kids loved the course, and really enjoyed the opportunity to get outside and hands on with nature.
Over the six-week programme, it was fantastic to see the impact that outdoor learning had on the children. From developing understanding and respect of the natural world, to developing self-confidence, leadership and teamwork, the progress was clear.
The feedback from the school was fantastic – and we received full marks in all 9 categories from both the Year 5 and Year 6 teachers, with particular praise for the organisation, staff and delivery of the course.
Into the Future
The school was really impressed, and is looking for ways to integrate outdoor learning into the school day. They’re already looking to rebook the programme for next year.
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First Step Wild is an innovative six-week outdoor education and activity programme for primary schools that gets children outside – building important knowledge and key skills through fun, active, hands on learning.