4 6 8 PROJECT
INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
The 4 6 8 Project is an innovative and original environmental education program that the Railway Land Wildlife Trust runs with the Lewes primary and secondary schools. It meets significant and wide ranging aims. Although it does meet National Curriculum objectives – in science, literacy and citizenship, it is also designed to increase participants’ understanding of the natural world, including age appropriate approaches to climate change, and cultivate a sense of agency to affect change. Its development is underpinned by a thorough understanding of education theory, deep local knowledge, and decades of experience delivering environmental education.
School pupils visit the Linklater Pavilion and Railway Land Local Nature Reserve in Years 4 and 6 when they are at primary school, and then in Year 8 when they have progressed to secondary school. This circular approach enables pupils to develop a depth of environmental understanding and a sense of stewardship that single visits do not. It also gives pupils the opportunity to reflect on their own learning and become active in their citizenship around environmental issues.
Developed by Dr John Parry, the project moves from individual viewpoints of the environment in Year 4, through to deepening understanding and group responses to ecosystem services in Year 6, while in Year 8 the emphasis moves to futures thinking, the notion of social agency and the integration of Gatsby career benchmarks.
EDUCATION SESSIONS AT THE RAILWAY LAND NATURE RESERVE
We also offer a wide range of engaging sessions to meet learning objectives right across the curriculum from EYFS to KS3.
Full details can be found on our SCHOOL VISITS web page.
Where is the Railway Land and Wildlife Trust?
Situated in the Ouse Valley, the river borders the Railway Land Local Nature Reserve, providing an excellent teaching resource for physical and human geography. The whole site is a positive example of regeneration and changing land use, having previously been extensive railway sidings.
We are an accessible site and are near to transport links, and encourage schools to consider travelling to us by sustainable transport.
The Sussex Community Rail Partnership may be able to assist on your journey.