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Kearsney Parks Launches Free Teaching Resources

A treasure trove of teaching ideas to inspire schoolchildren in the Kearsney Parks has been launched, ranging from adventures in time travelling and colourful geometry, to tree identification and weather forecasting explorations. 

The Heritage Lottery funded Kearsney Parks project has launched free teaching resources for primary schools to use in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, including ideas for teachers to plan lessons before, during and after a visit. This is another key step in the project’s work to bring new audiences to the parks. 

Resources cover a range of topics, and many of the lessons are cross-curricular. There are also resource sheets that pupils can use during the lessons and a risk assessment that teachers can adapt for their own needs. The resources are available to download for free at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/schools 

As well as the lesson ideas, schools will be able to hire rucksacks for free. The rucksacks are full of equipment to use during the lessons, such as compasses, measuring wheels, binoculars and pond dipping nets. 

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, DDC Cabinet Member for Property Management, said: “Over the last two years, hundreds of schoolchildren from the district have enjoyed Forest School lessons in the parks. The parks are a wonderful outdoor classroom that can be used for many different subjects. We hope that these resources will make it easy for teachers to hold lessons outside.” 

If you are a teacher and would like to hire the rucksacks, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk.  

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