Children Visits RVA From a Local Methodist Church Group.
By Pippa From England.
They were members of a summer camp, where they stay overnight for a week and partake in different activities. The children were age between 8 – 15 and and around 30 in total. The group visiting Richmond Vale for a few hours and organizing several stations for them to engage in whilst they here.
Once the group arriving, the children were split into 4 groups of around 8 each. 20/25 minutes to spend at each station. Our first station dedicating to colouring in environmental pictures and the first of our activities. We want it to vary the actions to keep it interesting for the children, some sporty and some purely for learning.
Also a station for vegetable and fruit bingo which got very competitive. Each child given a piece of paper with 9 pictures of different fruit/vegetables. One by one the name of a food calling out and if that fruit or vegetable on page then need it to cover it over. All the pictures covering up the winner and shout ¡BINGO!. There were several victory dances and I’m not sure who enjoying themselves more at this station the children or the RVA students running it who got extremely competitive.
One station to creating pots for the children to plant their very own moringa.
In the spirit of Richmond Vale Academy, we use all the old recyclable materials that we could find from around the school. For the pot itself, we chopped plastic bottles in half and the children were then able to cut different shapes from colouring card and stick them on. There some very imaginative and creative posts.
We took the kids outside to the organic garden where they receive a tour and given more information on the plants and vegetables we are growing here. They studying the different types of planting beds at the school and were also shown the chart on our wall which displays the plant families and the principles of permaculture.
To receive the best results from the garden, we utilise plant families, so that all the things we are growing here obtain their required nutrients.
However after their tour of the garden, each group taken to a terrace where they could plant moringa seeds into their own unique pot. Children talk about the benefits of moringa and hopefully they can pass this knowledge on to their friends and family.
To finish, we did a game ‘The Food Chain’ which very popular with everyone. The children split into 4 groups sardines, jellyfish, turtles and sharks. Each animal was chasing by the creature higher up in the food chain, so sharks only to do the chasing and poor sardines to be chased.
Each child a piece of material hanging from their pockets so in order to catch prey to pull the material.