WILDLIFE CHARITY LAUNCHES FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) today (April 29) launches Wildlife Aid Education – providing completely free, easy-to-access, curriculum-based  teaching and learning resources for teachers, parents and children.

Wildlife Aid Education provides everything primary teachers need to deliver a wide range of exciting, child-orientated science and cross-curricular lessons for the new 2014 national curriculum.

Ben Martin, WAF education director, explains: "Wildlife and natural world themes are strongly woven throughout the new Science curriculum, and our lesson plans, worksheets, animations and film clips will really help teachers bring these subjects alive in the classroom.  All our original resources are designed by teachers for teachers to ensure that they are of maximum use to schools."

He adds: "In the new curriculum the emphasis in primary science is more on children learning first-hand about the natural world, wherever possible getting out of the classroom and making use of their local environment. To support schools in implementing this, Wildlife Aid Education gives advice on maximising a school's wildlife resources, developing eco zones, details on exemplar eco schools and finding creative ways to facilitate study. The extensive but simple-to-use Wildlife Aid Education website means that primary teachers are never more than three clicks away from their lesson plan. It is a completely free, original and essential educational resource."

Engaging with nature
The website aims to be more than just a continually developing teaching resource. It also includes school assembly ideas, materials on natural world themes, continually increasing stores of original games and activities and a range of exciting ideas and projects to encourage youngsters to engage with wildlife and the natural world both in and out of school.  Overall it is fun, informative, incredibly useful and user friendly for teachers, parents and children.

WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE says: "We are extremely proud of the new Wildlife Aid Education website. Beautifully designed and hugely impactful, going through the website you can see that it has been designed and written for us by teachers with the highest passion and respect for education and our Great British wildlife, completely in line with the WAF ethos. We aim to inspire and to engage, not to lecture."

Launched today to over 20,000 primary schools nation-wide, access to the website (www.wafeducation.org.uk) and all its contents will be completely free to all.

"We also have lots of exciting ideas for future development and to actively encourage involvement of all schools and children," adds Simon.