Activities for Primary Schools
The Newbyres Wildflower Meadow is situated just behind the Surgery and Newbyres nursery car park.
It is easily accessible by a path that surrounds the site. There is a wide variety of wild flowers that have been planted and cared for by members of GADEG.
The site of the Newbyres Castle ruin has been secured by Historic Scotland and there is a path to the top of the ruin which provides opportunities for children to risk assess the environment as well as for explorations and adventure.
*Please note that there are steep inclines and a high drop on one side of the castle so it is important for adults to assess the area for risk appropriate to the age and size of the visiting group of children*
The following activities are actively encouraged and enable children to take an active role in caring for the environment.:
- Weeding the flower beds.
- Litter picking
- Monitoring wildlife
- Maintaining pathways
These are ongoing activities that help to keep the Meadow accessible and ideal for nature play and outdoor learning sessions.
There are many varieties of wildlife that can be found making a home at the meadow and castle. Different species of bees, butterflies, moths and caterpillars have been spotted. These can be monitored in a nature journal.
- magnifying glasses
- clipboards, paper, pens
- scrapbook for journaling
Children can explore the area using magnifiers to search for insects and wildlife. Photograph if possible and make a note of what they find, noting distinguishing features and where in the meadow they found the insect/creature.
The information they gather can then be transferred to a nature journal including the date and time of their findings.
This activity can then be repeated on a regular basis whether that is weekly, fortnightly, monthly.
- Children develop their curiosity and awareness of the natural environment.
- Children use apps and library resources to help identify flora and fauna species.
- Awareness of changing seasons and how different species depend on each other for survival.
- Recognising local heritage site and the role it has played in the growing community.
For more information on how you can be involved please contact Lorna Lagerman at Gorebridge Community Development Trust