The children at Moorland Waldorf are taking part in the award scheme called Wild Challenge with the RSPB. As soon as I read the tag line – Get up, get out and get wild! – I knew the award scheme would suit us at Moorland Waldorf School.
It’s vital for the future that today’s young people grow up closer to and more in-tune with wildlife and wild places. Wild Challenge is about forging a lasting friendship with the natural world around us and helping it to thrive and survive – it’s a fun first step towards a ‘wilder’ life which fits in perfectly with the Waldorf philosophy and curriculum.
The wide range of activities can take place throughout the year and we’re encouraged to get outside in nature no matter what the weather. During lockdown, when the children are at home, it helps them to become better acquainted with their local area and the nature which they can experience and enjoy on their doorsteps. We enjoy sharing our discoveries with each other on Zoom.
There are bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve depending on how many activities we complete.
So far, we have made bird feeders and learnt to identify the birds we see in our gardens for our first challenge. We then took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. Both of these activities go towards us achieving our bronze award.
The activities are divided into two sections:
Help Nature – making our gardens brilliant homes for nature and our outdoor spaces wonderfully wildlife-friendly!
Experience Nature – getting up close and personal with wildlife and exploring the world of amazing nature right under our noses!
Three activities from each section must be completed to earn the award.
Once we’ve completed each award level, we will receive an exclusive Wild Challenge award certificate and sticker sheet as a little thank you from nature. We can’t wait!