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About the organisation

City of London Open Spaces

The City of London manages almost 4,500 hectares of natural open space for public recreation and health. Our green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little cost to the communities that they serve. Our spaces in and beyond the City of London have over 23 million visits each year.

Wild Schools aim to deliver great learning experiences to local primary students through outdoor education.

Using the varied environment of the West Ham Park, sessions are delivered in all primary subjects which are engaging, hands on and memorable. Each session is designed to suit the needs of a specific class in collaboration with the teacher.

So far we have taught over 5000 students outside since the project began in October 2016 in subjects as diverse as maths, art, local history and geography.

Get involved to develop great skills in teaching at primary level using inventive and effective centred centred techniques.

Role Aim: 

Wild Schools aim to deliver great learning experiences to local primary students through outdoor education.

Using the varied environment of the West Ham Park, sessions are delivered in all primary subjects which are engaging, hands on and memorable. Each session is designed to suit the needs of a specific class in collaboration with the teacher.

So far we have taught over 5000 students outside since the project began in October 2016 in subjects as diverse as maths, art, local history and geography.

Duties: 

Maximising the positive experience of visiting primary school children and teachers, by:

Helping to set up and pack away resources for outdoor sessions at various locations across West Ham Park.

Supporting individuals and small groups of students in learning activities outdoors.

Chatting to teachers about what they might want from future outdoor education sessions.

And beyond the delivery of sessions, you could help us to:

Develop new sessions to bring subjects like Maths and English to life in the setting of the park.

Undertake outreach in local schools; for example by supporting the project officer to deliver assemblies.

Create and make resources to help teachers and children learn outdoors.

Skills needed: 

Enjoys working with children aged between 5 -11.

Understands that learners have differing needs and supports individuals sensitively.

Is comfortable being outdoors and is not put off by the weather.

Relishes hands-on practical tasks outdoors which bring learning to life (e.g. pond dipping, testing soil PH, orienteering with maps).

Is keen to learn new teaching skills or develop existing ones.

Appreciates working within a small team and sharing ideas.

Training: 

Forest School and bush craft skills sessions are available.

Location: 
The Irish Chamber, 1 Guildhall Yard City of London London EC2V 7HH
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A