Pupils jump on wildlife bus

Lindsay Selmes (rzss), Kadie Whyte, Hannah Crighton
Lindsay Selmes (rzss), Kadie Whyte, Hannah Crighton

Pupils at Pitfour Primary in Mintlaw were able to experience a series of interactive Scottish wildlife lessons recently thanks to a specially designed double-decker education bus currently touring Scotland.

The ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus visited schools in Aberdeenshire as part of a wider campaign being brought to all of Scotland’s 32 local councils over the next 12 months.

It visited P6 and P7 Pitfour pupils in September 2014 and the children enjoyed it so much that it came back again to teach them about Scottish wildlife.

The programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS) and has been made possible through a partnership between Clydesdale Bank and the RZSS to support the charity in its conservation goals across Scotland.

P6 and P7 pupils from Pitfour got to get their hands dirty in a variety of interactive and fun lessons which focused on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Lessons were delivered by a dedicated education team from RZSS.

Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Conservation through education is one of the founding principles behind the Society and remains one of our key goals to this day.

“We believe connecting young people in Aberdeenshire to the natural world is vital and the ‘Wild about Scotland’ outreach programme will further add to the curriculum based learning delivered each year by the Society. Importantly, now more than ever, preserving and learning about the huge variety of wildlife living in Scotland, and how children may help make a difference in the conservation of that wildlife, is of huge worth.”

Pitfour Primary school teacher, Miss Stewart, said:

“The Wild about Scotland bus has visited the school twice now and the pupils loved the interactive lessons.

“It’s a great initiative and a fun way for the children to learn about nature without being restricted to the classroom.”

The customised double-decker has been transformed from a Stagecoach passenger bus into a fully functional and interactive mobile classroom with capacity to accommodate up to 26 children at once.

To find out if the bus will be visiting your local primary school, please visit: http://www.cbonline.co.uk/wildaboutscotlannd/