KS2 Science Workshops are developed and led by myself, Becky Harris-Jones. I have an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies – completing six month placements at a hydrobiology unit in Hungary and Bristol and writing my dissertation on re-introduced otters in Hertfordshire.
Following my degree, I volunteered for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers for one and a half years teaching dry stone walling, hedgelaying, coppicing and tree felling before starting work at the Born Free Foundation. For the next ten years I worked for Born Free as their Primate Project Manager and then Education Campaign Co-ordinator. During this time I created a number of Keystage 2 education materials for 5000 UK primary schools, collated an education pack for 18 primate sanctuaries in Africa, ran wildlife workshops and clubs in local primary schools and was a Trustee of Ngamba chimpanzee island in Uganda. I also set up Born Free’s Global Friends Programme fundraising for eight schools in Africa which neighboured Born Free’s wildlife projects – building classrooms, purchasing text books, stationary and other much-needed equipment.
I have also worked with my husband, Philip, to create educational materials and interpretation for Eilean Ban otter project on the Isle of Skye, and designed and produced a major educational project for the Woodland Trust. We are both passionate about our garden, growing herbs and food and providing for wildlife. We are currently developing our very own bumblebee sanctuary. Please follow the progress in my Bumblebee Blog.
I love being creative – weaving baskets from willow, creating wildlife gardens in schools, weaving tunnels and shelters from living willow and more recently attending a pottery course and starting a quilting group with a friend!
So in creating KS2 Science Workshops, I am able to combine my two passions – wildlife and creativity – with teaching children.