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Collydean Pupils are Naturally Connected

Over 60 pupils from Collydean Primary complete the ‘Natural Connections’ programme each year. After taking part in 6 different outdoor experiences pupils are presented with their final award.

They attend an outdoor centre where they do ‘Adventure Skills, Working Together and Discovering Nature’. From the Pitcairn Centre in Glenrothes the pupils learned about navigation through ‘Finding Your Way’ by taking part in a treasure trail with clues. The practical element of this programme is ‘Helping the Environment’ where the pupils plant at Formonthills Woodland, The ‘Journeying’ element takes place in the Lomond Hills where a 5 mile walk is carried out.

This programme rewards achievement based on effort and enthusiasm. It fits in with personal and social development and environmental studies. Pauline Marsland the P6 Teacher said ‘The children absolutely love it and even the shy children can’t wait to take part. Attaining each element gives the children a real sense of achievement that we strongly advocate this programme as a means of raising awareness of the environment and building self confidence and teamwork.’

Collydean Primary School is the only school in Fife that has completed this Award for 8 consecutive years.