Wild Garden, more and more Umbrian schools want to transform their gardens into open air classrooms

TUORO OP TRASIMENO – Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May was the last partnership meeting in Tuoro sul Trasimeno di “WILD – Wild Garden for Learning and Development”, a European project funded by Erasmus + Funds, which we talked about in recent days on vivombria.it, developed since 2019 to encourage science learning through the creation and management of Wild Garden and School Rooms.

The point after these two and a half year project was made Final meeting held by Tuoro and to which they participated Hyla Naturalistic Studio (Italy), Project Leader, University of Pitesti and Davila School (Romania), University of Lodz (Poland) and Comprehensive Institute “D. Birago” (Italy).

The project managers, together with the children and teachers from the Tuoro primary school, presented at the end of the two days the magnificent wild garden, which was created with much commitment and responsibility. With workshops and sowing and planting activities, 130 students between 6 and 10 years old they were the real protagonists, to the great satisfaction of the families and teachers who accompanied them on this journey.

Thanks to the activities that have been promoted in other countries as well, on the whole they were 20 teachers and 450 students involved who have committed themselves in the school years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, to transform their schoolyards into real open-air classrooms, in which science teaching is favored through direct observation of phenomena.

Indeed, according to the European Council Recommendation of 22 May 2018 (2018 / C 189/01), Member States must encourage the acquisition of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). However, international surveys such as PISA or OECD PIAAC show that a consistently high proportion of adolescents and adults lack basic skills.

The main purpose of the project was therefore not only that of improve the scientific skills of teachers and students but also that of provide a learning tool with high pedagogical valueversatile, able to respond to all teacher needs not only in dealing with scientific issues that are often difficult to illustrate in class, but also renewing school programming with inclusive and integrative learning strategies, enabling all students to actively participate in quality of the courses to improve.

To achieve the goal, they are designed didactic aids that help primary school teachers design a wild garden. Ponds, hedges, meadows … small ecosystems in which plants and animals reach a balance similar to that found spontaneously in nature! In the garden, therefore, it will be possible to observe various living things that carry out their cycles under the curious gaze of children and give teachers the opportunity to make learning science more fascinating.

The project thus provided for the creation of 4 intellectual products: “The Wild Garden”, Publication that aims to provide all useful information for the design and preparation of the wildlife garden, also thanks to the discussion on projects that have already been developed in the world, including in the school environment (the responsible partner is the Hyla Naturalistic Studio); “Teaching in the Wild Garden – A Handbook for Teachers “, Text, which aims to provide the teacher with a complete training to better deal with the didactic activity in the wild garden (the volume consists of two sections, natural sciences in teaching and nature pedagogy, the responsible partner is the University of Pitesti); “Educational tools for students and teachers “, a practical guide and constant support for the teacher who uses the wave garden as a didactic tool through in-depth worksheets, workshop maps and interactive activities (responsible partner is the Hyla Naturalistic Studio); “Online Cours”, E-Learning training course for teachers provided on the Moodle platform, a virtual classroom for teachers who want to start a Wild Garden project with their class (responsible partner is the University of Lodz).

In these days few Meetings with the first interested schoolssuch as the 2 Comparozzi Didactic Directorate of Perugia and the comprehensive “Pietro Vannucci” Institute of Città della Pieve, which asked the teachers’ training to transform their gardens into wild gardens and thanks to the funds of the PON (Edugreen project funded by the Ministry of Education) which support the arrangement of school gardens.

THE PROJECT

The project, which has come to an end in recent weeks, involves three nations, Italy, Poland and Romania, in the Creation and testing of teaching materials made available to all teachers, educators and citizens who wish to use them to design and build a wild garden.

The study materials were created by the Hyla Naturalistic Studio (Coordinating Partner – Italy), the University of Pitesti (Partner – Romania) and the University of Lodz (Partner – Poland) and then tested and used for the Creation of a wild garden of the comprehensive “Dalmazio Birago” Institute of Tuoro and Passignano sul Trasimeno (Partner – Italy) at the school “Alexandru Davila” in Pitesti (Partner – Romania).

All teaching materials are available for schools on the project website: www.wildgardenschool.eu

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