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Kids for Nature

Kids for Nature (PAL Outdoor Education)

 

What is the programme about?


Kids for Nature is an outdoor education programme developed by NParks to meet the objectives of the Ministry of Education’s Programme for Active Learning (PAL) initiative.


Targeted at the P1 and P2 levels, the Kids for Nature programme aims to:

    •  Equip children with relevant skills and knowledge to enable them to be safe and comfortable in the
       outdoors

    •  Cultivate a sense of ownership for the environment, encourage and provide opportunities for pupils to
       take action to sustain our City in a Garden

    •  Shape a child’s character and attitudes through experiential learning in their immediate outdoor
       environment


Kids for Nature places strong emphasis on helping children develop Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. The activities are crafted to include both group and individual tasks, so as to give each child ample opportunities to develop self awareness, social awareness, self management, relationship management and responsible decision making skills.

 


How is the programme structured?


Both the P1 & P2 modules consist of eight lessons each. The duration of each lesson is two hours. The first seven lessons consist of outdoor activities conducted within your own school compound, such as exploring your school’s garden. The final lesson will be an excursion to a park. For the P1s, we recommend for the final activity to be a picnic in a park near your school. For the P2s, we recommend for them to go on a guided walk, at either Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden or HortPark.


Kids for Nature is designed such that the P2 module is a comprehensive follow-up to the P1 module. While it is possible to take up either the P1 or P2 programme on its own, we encourage taking up the programme in its entirety, so that your students will be able to benefit from a more comprehensive range of outdoor skills.



How is the programme conducted?


Kids for Nature is tailored to be conducted by your school teachers. In order to equip them with the skills and knowledge to do so, NParks will conduct a one-day teachers’ training workshop at your school. During this workshop, teachers will learn how to conduct the activities covered in the Kids for Nature programme by taking part in them.


Your school will also be provided with the soft copies of the P1 and P2 Kids for Nature programme guidebooks, which contain detailed lesson plans, worksheets and other relevant resources.


In summary, schools that take up Kids for Nature will be provided with:

    •  a one-day teachers’ training workshop

    •  P1 & P2 programme guidebooks in CD format

    •  a field trip for P2 students at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden or HortPark



How can I find out more about this programme?


If you are interested in taking up the Kids for Nature programme, please contact us at:

    •  Denise Chen, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Tel: 64717901

    •  Shannon Lim, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Tel: 64717848


We will be happy to go down to your school for a meeting, to explain more about the programme and advise you on the costs.


Download the “Introduction to Kids for Nature” slides here.

Download the sample lesson plan here

 

Kids for Nature 1
Kids for Nature provides students with opportunities to engage in experiential learning. These students are amazed by the furry texture of the leaves of the Elephant Creeper plant at HortPark.


Kids for Nature 2
Going outdoors and seeing fascinating plants up close (instead of viewing them in a book or on the internet) helps students to be more appreciative and respectful of nature.


Kids for Nature 3
This group of students chanced upon a tapioca harvesting session during their P2 field trip at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. One of them even got to help!


Kids for Nature
Teachers exploring their school garden during the teachers’ training workshop.


Kids for Nature 5
During the workshop, the teachers try out the activities themselves, making them better equipped to conduct the lessons with their classes. 

 

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Information is Updated on 19/05/2013