Eco lessons for teachers

Creature Feature - Teachers Clare Childerley and Peggy Anthony of Cresswell Junior School search for aquatic life in the Boating Lake in Whitworth Park, Darley Dale, as they learn the art of pond dipping with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Creature Feature - Teachers Clare Childerley and Peggy Anthony of Cresswell Junior School search for aquatic life in the Boating Lake in Whitworth Park, Darley Dale, as they learn the art of pond dipping with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

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Teachers dipped in to new skills at an eco event in Darley Dale.

A pond dipping day took place at the Whitworth Centre to give teachers ideas of how to run sessions with their pupils and what to look for in school ponds.

Peggy Anthony, teacher and eco-schools co-ordinator, at Creswell Junior School said: “We’ve just had a new pond at school so I came back buzzing with ideas and feeling really confident about trying new things with the children.

“I thought the day was wonderful and brilliantly organised. A lot of hard work went into it and it was a very valuable event.”

The day was organised by the waste team here at Derbyshire County Council, as part of an eco conference to inspire teachers to spread the message about the benefits of being green.

Staff from Tansley and Matlock All Saints primary schools also attended the event, which highlighted classroom activities that link water use and climate change, how school’s can make the most of their ponds and how to identify the minibeasts found in them.