The Brighton & Hove environmental education project (BHee) is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council.
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2016 has already been a busy year at BHee! We're particularly excited to have developed two schools' Citizen Science projects, working with the local universities and the Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS). Get involved to bring science topics to life by involving pupils in real scientific research.
The next BHee twilight is the perfect opportunity to find out about these projects and other new initiatives at BHee. There will be something for everyone, including Stone Age history, and the science of birds and bees! Please forward this email to any colleagues who might be interested, especially history coordinators and those teaching the Stone Age topic.
See you there! Helen and Katie
BHee News BHee is funded by Brighton & Hove City Council so all our support is completely FREE TO LOCAL AUTHORITY-FUNDED SCHOOLS.
BHee Twilight: What's buzzing with BHee? 3rd March, Moulsecoomb Primary, 3.45 to 5.30pm
Find out how your pupils can get involved with exciting Citizen Science projects, new Stone Age workshops in Moulsecoomb's school grounds, using their wonderful reconstructed buildings, the BHee competition and more! Email Helen to book your place.
Citizen Science: Schools for Birds
This great new project is funded by the University of Brighton and Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS) and run in partnerhip with BHee. Pupils record the birds visiting their school grounds over a 6 week period to find out how simple changes can encourage more birds to visit. Come to the BHee twilight to find out more, or contact Katie.
Citizen Science: Air Bee 'n BHee
Run with the University of Sussex, this project supports pupils to make (non-stinging) bee homes in your school grounds and monitor how the bees use them. Perfect to complement any work on lifecycles. Click here or come to the BHee twilight for more information. Email Katie to get involved.
Eco-Schools Awards Congratulations to Stanford Infants, Varndean and Coldean Primary on their recent Green Flag awards. The Eco Coordinator from Stanford is happy to talk to local teachers about their positive experience of the assessment process. To get in touch, or for Eco-Schools support from BHee, email Helen.
Wildlife Workshops Book NOW to take part in BHee's popular Wildlife and Bike to Nature workshops during the summer term, on the Downs, at the beach, in a local park or in your school grounds. For a taste of our wonderful rockpooling sessions watch this short video featuring pupils from Benfield Primary. (Dates are dictated by the tides, so availability is limited.) Email Katie for more information or to make a booking.
Love Food, Hate Waste
The Eco Committee at St Luke's Primary have decided to take action to reduce their school's food waste. Click here to watch their video about the issues. If your school would like to develop a Love Food, Hate Waste approach to lunchtime email Helen for advice on getting started.
Other News The information below is from other organisations who support schools with their sustainability work. In some cases there is a charge to schools; click on the links to find out more.
FREE Course: Outdoor Curriculum Co-ordination
Sussex Wildlife Trust are offering 6 FREE places on an OCN accredited course designed to increase teachers' knowledge and confidence of teaching outdoors. The course will be run at various schools in Brighton. For further details on course content, dates and locations please contact Mike Murphy.
Eco-Schools Roadshow: 22nd March
A full-day opportunity to find out about the Eco-Schools programme and the benefits it can bring to your school and pupils, hosted by Dorothy Stringer. Hear from inspirational speakers, take part in informative workshops, and spend time with the school's Eco Committee, the real Eco-Schools experts. The full day event costs £75, including lunch. For more information, and to book your place, click here.
Wild Beach Training: 28th and 29th April Sussex Wildlife Trust are running another of their popular sessions offering experiential learning for staff wanting to take pupils to the beach. The course, which includes marine wildlife identification, risk-benefit analysis, shelter building, and understanding tides, costs £180 for two days. For more information click here or contact Nikki Hills.
SDNP Teachers' Conference: 13th April
Hosted by Ditcham Park School, Petersfield, this inspiring day will include talks from keynote speakers, including Juliet Robertson, author of Dirty Teaching and practical workshops. £50 per delegate, including lunch and refreshments. Click here for more information.
One Planet City
Fotodocument have launched a great photo-based educational resource for KS2 and KS3, bringing to life the concept of ‘people living happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet.’ The pack includes engaging activities which celebrate One Planet Living in the city of Brighton and Hove. For more information, and to download an order form, click here.
RSPB Schools' Outreach
The RSPB is working in partnership with Aldi to connect KS1 and KS2 pupils with the natural world. They are running free introductory sessions to help pupils explore all that flies, creeps, crawls and grows within your school grounds. For more information click here.