They were members of a summer camp, where they stayed overnight for a week and partook 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 we organized several stations for them to engage in whilst they were here.
Once the group arrived, 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 wanted 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 fruits/vegetables. One by one the name of a food was called out and if that fruit or vegetable was on page then needed to cover it over. All the pictures covering up the winner would shout ¡BINGO!. There were several victory dances and I’m not sure who enjoyed themselves more at this station the children or the RVA students running it who got extremely competitive.
In the spirit of Richmond Vale Academy, we used 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 were some very imaginative and creative posts.
We took the kids outside to the organic garden where they received a tour and given more information on the plants and vegetables we are growing here. They studyid the different types of planting beds 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 utilised plant families, so that all the things we are growing obtained their required nutrients.
However after their tour of the garden, each group was taken to a terrace where they could plant moringa seeds into their own unique pot. The children talked 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 was very popular with everyone. The children split into 4 groups sardines, jellyfish, turtles and sharks. Each animal was chased by the creature higher up in the food chain, so sharks only had to do the chasing and the poor sardines were chased.
Each child had a piece of material hanging from their pockets so in order to catch prey they pulled the material.