A new National Trust survey of over 1,000 children and 2,000 adults, found that more than three quarters of children aged between eight and 15 rarely or never listen to birdsong, and that even more never watch the Sun rise (90%), look at clouds (79%) or smell wildflowers (83%).
The report also found that young people were happier if they were relaxing outdoors, and wellbeing was improved by engaging with activities connected to the natural world, such as writing poems and songs about animals or celebrating natural events.
This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:
- Discuss whether you think activities in or about nature should be part of the school curriculum, or whether it should be a personal choice as to whether you engage with it or not.
- Think about a time you spent in nature and write a recount of it, including all the sights, sounds and smells you experienced.
- Write an informal, persuasive letter from nature to you, asking you to look after it. It can be funny or emotional.
- Write fact files (perhaps even including a sketch) for three to five species of bird you have seen where you live.
Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.
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