MP joins in developing schoolkids’ natural interest

John Healey with pupils from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Goldthorpe, who are: (L-R) Kayley Moynihan, Isabella Handley and Ricki Rowland.
John Healey with pupils from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Goldthorpe, who are: (L-R) Kayley Moynihan, Isabella Handley and Ricki Rowland.
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SCHOOLKIDS, teachers and South Yorkshire MP John Healey spent a day getting back to nature at Dearne Valley bird sanctuary RSPB Old Moor.

Pupils at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Goldthorpe, tried to spot birds and insects and took part in a range of activities to teach them about the natural world.

The day was put on after a survey by the RSPB showed teachers want more outside facilities to ensure children could learn outdoors and have contact with nature.

Jane Holbrook, teacher at Sacred Heart, said: “Visiting Old Moor gave the children the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the environment around us, through hands-on, practical experiences.

“It offered excellent facilities and knowledgeable staff which enriched the experience.”

Mr Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, added: “Learning about nature is something that is really best done in the outdoors, and the additional benefits to health and wellbeing are clear.”