New web-based education resources went live at Exmoor National Park last week and won top marks from teachers. Free online videos, images and materials accompany the Moorland Classroom project which has been developed by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership.
David Rolls, who coordinates the Moorland Classroom initiative, said: “The Moorland Classroom project provides unforgettable learning experiences for children, using the unique moorland environment of Exmoor National Park.”
“These exciting new online resources make it easy for primary school teachers to learn about the moorland landscape indoors and outdoors on Exmoor. What’s more, they are totally free, thanks to its funders The Exmoor Trust, the Exmoor National Park Sustainable Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
The Moorland Classroom web pages highlight a selection of the most beautiful and interesting locations of the Exmoor countryside – all accessible to visiting groups – and provide a comprehensive package of educational materials for each place, authored by Dave Weatherly, a highly respected educator and curriculum adviser.
Detailed site guides, with unique study themes, provide stacks of printable resources for teachers to use in the classroom, and outdoor learning activities for when they are on location at Exmoor National Park. Video clips introduce the moorland locations, key topics, and practicalities such as where to park. Photo galleries offer a wealth of visual material, and special interactive maps show you around walking routes, which are also available to view on Google Earth or to print out for your visit.
At the launch, teachers explored the new web resources and took part in workshops with experts in a variety of subjects including Exmoor Ponies, ecology, archaeology, geography, and the history of moorland villages such as Simonsbath and its water-powered sawmill.
Comments from teachers at the launch event
“The whole Moorland Classroom programme is one of the most exciting, challenging and comprehensive opportunities that I have seen for a long time.”
“Thank you for the fab resources. I need to rethink everything I do in the light of today. There is enough material here for a whole year of outdoor ed!”
“Excellent resources created by experts in their field. I’m determined to embed these resources as a part of our long-term curriculum plan.”
“An excellent resource with a wealth of activities to use in and out of the classroom.”
Discover the new Moorland Classroom web pages!
Visit exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/moorland-classroom to find the new Moorland Classroom web resources – complete with interactive maps, learning enquiries, downloadable resources, Google Earth files, photos and videos – all hosted at the Exmoor National Park Authority’s website.
The Moorland Classroom project is part of a lottery-funded scheme run by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership that promotes moorland as the Heart of Exmoor. The Heart of Exmoor scheme helps people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorlands, and it supports those who take care of it. The moorland was fundamental to the establishment of Exmoor National Park, a famously varied landscape that includes coastal heath, valley mires, moorland rivers, bogs and moors.
What a great team effort!
For the launch event David Rolls, Faye Balmond and Jason Ball from the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership were joined by education consultant Dave Weatherly, David Binks (web resources project volunteer), Dave Gurnett (Learning and Outreach Officer at Exmoor National Park Authority) Ben Totterdell (Interpretation and Education Manager at ENPA), Matt Sully (GIS and PACS Officer, ENPA), Catherine Dove (Conservation Officer, Historic Environment, ENPA) Nick Lapthorn (Centre Manager, FSC Nettlecombe), Dr David Smith (programme Manager, Exmoor Mires Project), Dr Graham Wills (Simonsbath Conservation Volunteers), and Linzi Green (Exmoor Pony Officer, Moorland Mousie Trust).