Pupils getting in tune with nature

Pupils from Rosebrook Primary School in Stockton will soon embarking on an audio exploration and discovery of nature and RSPB Saltholme. Year 5 pupils will be working with sound artist Dominic Nelson-Ashley on the exciting environmental arts project Green TV, managed by Tees Valley Arts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Green TV see artists working alongside wildlife officers and teachers delivering a diverse range of exciting arts based activities engaging school pupils with local wildlife and heritage.

Green TV is now in its second year and this school term will also be working with Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough; Gurney Pease Primary, Darlington; Bydales Secondary School, Marske and Golden Flatts, Hartlepool. Five different schools will be on the project in September.

Activities and visits will take place at various locations across Tees Valley including RSPB Saltholme, Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, North Gare & Seaton Dunes, Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve and South Burdon Community Woodland.

A parent of a pupil participant from Year One of the project said “Alex has loved Green TV – he has been so enthusiastic and engaged. By going to the site it brought learning to life instead of just learning from books.”

Uswah Khan, a pupil from Abingdon Primary school said “I want to go to Maze Park again because I want to learn more stuff about nature.” (Maze Park is one of the wildlife sites)

Peter is office co-ordinator at Tees Valley Arts. He has worked for over a decade as a freelance small business consultant @nealandco. You can follow him personally @pneal.