Tree of Life teaches students and children alike

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Hundreds of children from local primary schools have been turning their attention to trees with a series of workshops which will culminate in an exhibition at the University of Gloucestershire on Saturday 19 June.

The Tree of Life exhibition is the result of two weeks’ work by children from ten schools in Cheltenham, Stroud and Ross on Wye led by 130 student teachers from the University. 

The students have taught a series of practical workshops that have addressed global concepts such as social justice, place and sustainability in a range of activities across the curriculum.

Stories such as ‘Wangari’s Trees of Peace’ by Jeanette Winter, and ‘The Tree of Life: the World of the African Baobab’ by Barbara Bash inspired the children to work on deforestation and tree planting in Kenya, and to explore the tree as a habitat for the animals and birds.

The theme was continued through geography lessons, where pupils learnt about the banana growing industry and explored the concept of Fair Trade.

The fortnight’s work will be celebrated at the public exhibition at the Francis Close Hall campus, where an English woodland, an Indian Forest and an activity room have been created by the education students. A wonderful exhibition of children’s work on the theme of trees can be enjoyed.

Kate Thomson, BEd Course Leader explains what visitors will see at the exhibition:
“The students and children from local schools have worked so hard over the past two weeks to produce a wonderful exhibition which we would love to share.

There will also be activities for children to take part in on the day, such as willow weaving workshops, story-telling, an exhibition-based quiz and opportunities for children to make their own Indian animal or bird to take home.”

All are welcome to the event which is open from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 19 June. Entry is free.

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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