Wild About Wight - Mapping the East Wight

As part of Vectis Housing's Heritage Lottery funded Wild About Wight project, the Communities team have commissioned local organisation Growing Ideas to deliver Mapping the East Wight sessions at seven primary schools close to Vectis neighbourhoods, including Queensgate Primary, Arreton Primary and Wroxall Primary.

The Year 5 and 6 children have been taught mapping and compass skills in the classroom with Kevin McNamara from Growing Ideas, and then been taken out on a field trip to local beauty spot Culver Down, to put their new-found skills into practice.

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Queensgate primary school teacher, Mrs Johnson said, 

The project has been a great success. The Year 6 children at Queensgate have really enjoyed exploring how to use compasses and maps to navigate, both on the school site and then applying their new knowledge off site on Culver Down. All the sessions have been fun and challenging. We have a high number of children from disadvantaged homes, many of which do not access the beautiful coast and countryside our Island has to offer. It has been a fantastic opportunity for the children to discover part of the Island's coast that they had not visited before.

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One of the pupils reported in their fieldwork report:

I Learnt a lot from these sessions: including how to use compasses and where north should be on the compass. It was one of my favourite out-and-about sessions I have ever been on!

This project carries on into May, with more sessions being held at primary schools in the East Wight area.