Children are experts in their fields

Work produced by children who have been discovering the region’s three National Scenic Areas (NSAs) through field trips has inspired a new teaching resource to be distributed to schools throughout the region.

The Landscape and Literature teaching pack has been written to support and describe the Fieldtrip project. The pack contains a series of posters detailing school projects, a sample planning sheet, art activity sheets and a resources card for further information. The pack is designed to help support practical skills in creative writing.

During the school visits, specialists, ranging from geologists to astronomers, were on hand to help the children find out more about the special qualities that make these landscapes nationally outstanding.

Several schools produced poems inspired by their visits to the NSAs and an exhibition of their work is currently on display at the Faed gallery, Mill on the Fleet.

Councillor Jim McClung, vice-chairman of the Planning, Housing and Environment Committee, who launched the packs, said: “We are very fortunate in Dumfries and Galloway to have such wonderful landscapes and the work produced by pupils during the project reminds us how inspiring these places can be. I am pleased that this collaboration between council services will enable children across the region to get outdoors and learn.”

The Fieldtrip project was one of a series to realise the potential of the National Scenic Areas in Dumfries and Galloway delivered through Sulwath Connections Landscape Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Council