This section explains how your project addressed the project elements found in the CyberFair Assignment to Schools.
1) How did your activities and research for this International School CyberFair project support your required coursework and curriculum requirements?
The Nature Trail web site fits in to
our required National curriculum guidelines in many ways,
particularly the new skills we have learnt.
For example, our I.T skills: our organization of files, making links, using the Internet, looking at page layouts, scanning, creating gifs, writing for an audience and using tools for checking work.
English skills used throughout this site include, writing for an audience, checking work and speaking to people. This web site has also been closely involved with our science curriculum work: the classification of species, creating keys and quadrats, studying a variation of species, learning about habitats and how different species adapt to their habitats. We have found that these 'hands on' methods of teaching are better than the traditional methods as you are able to see the actual processes happening in front of your eyes.
This website has also taught us a very valuable lesson in the field of teamwork. This has been done by having to work to a deadline and sharing computers with people we don't usually work with. From looking at the National Curriculum Specifications, we have learnt that the huuuuuuuge folder of all the stuff that we have to learn about has a lot more detail than you first think. There are so many specifications and points that a teacher has to take into consideration before teaching a lesson ( but we still think that teachers have an easy life ).
2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?
The information tools and technologies we used included:
At first, we found that our most valuable tools were the books we used in our science lessons to research various species, at the time we only had Internet access on one computer only but after using it, it widened our horizons as we found many useful sites. For example on bats, frogs and also found sites by schools who were doing similar things to us. Our school has now got Ethernet so we will be able to access the Internet on five machines, this will prove very useful.
3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
As our school website has already had a lot of publicity both local, national and international, we are quite experienced at public appearances. As well as speaking to many different naturalists concerning the siting of plants and advice on which plants to buy and how to attract certain animals, we spoke to other groups and societies to ask to ask for donations and manual help to create the Nature Trail.
We have represented our school as ambassadors in many different ways. We have used the latest technology and traditional methods to contact different people in relation to our Nature Trail. For example two representatives from our school gave a talk on our Nature Trail for the Wharfedale Naturalists Society. We telephoned a bat specialist, The Times interface newspaper.
The outcome of us contacting all of these people is that we have had many donations and grants of money to help us develop our Nature Trail. Also we have been able to have expert advice on the sitings of the various areas in our Nature Trail and had manual help and donations of tools and plants to actually construct, maintain and develop our Nature Trail.
However, despite our many donations, grants and competition money, we still needed more money! So we searched the Internet for societies which may give us grants to develop our Nature Trail further. We came across 'English Nature' and gave them a ring. The Team Manager, Sharon Gun gave us the number for the local Team who we then rung. They are looking at our website and we're waiting to receive forms to claim a grant. We also gave a call to Wharfedale Naturalists Society to ask Mrs. Clapham for some info on resiting our butterfly garden and to come in on one of our cross - curricular days.
We emailed some of the other schools that have also entered the CyberFair to see if they would like to link with us and so far one school in Alta replied! We're hoping that some other schools entering the Cyberfair will contact us soon too!
4) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Our project formed stronger links between our community, because various people from our community have helped us with our Nature Trail and we've helped them by bringing back some of the wildlife that once existed in the village. This was lost when new houses were built in and around the village. The reason behind our project was to bring back the wildlife to Burley. It has also helped anyone wanting to learn about the different species of plants and animals. We are also letting people in our community visit the Nature Trail, hoping to interest more sponsors and get more support.
We asked our community for any help available manually and financially, and in return they were able see and experience the wonderful wildlife. Some of the wildlife that we brought by our Nature trail have also attracted new species to the people of Burley community's gardens.
Some of the people in our community that have helped financially or manually, we have returned the favor by advertising them on the Internet through our own web pages, we also did this for the national companies that donated money and advise.
5) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
From our community we have received a lot of help with our Nature Trail. Not only have we had manual help from parents and children attending our school, but volunteers from societies such as the Wharfedale Naturalists Society, giving us advice on the re-siting of our butterfly garden and a donation of money. Local friends of the school have also done their bit, for example, the 'Batman' (as we call him !) has shown us many different methods of building and siting bat boxes, as well as giving us tons of information on the life and habits of bats. We will be building these boxes in our Cross Curricula day on April 2nd. A local 'handyman', Tom Sumner has helped by donating and planting trees in our Nature Trail. Altogether this project has brought the small community of Burley together in creating a safe environment for plants and animals in our village.