A partnership between Steyning Downland Scheme and Steyning Grammar School
160 twelve year olds from the Grammar School spent three days answering the question ‘what is special about the Steyning Downland Scheme’. Many local people volunteered their time to show the students the many different special aspects of the area: dog walkers, mountain bikers, archaeologists, pond specialists, SDS rangers, chalk grassland experts and a member of the Partridge Green Home Guard. Sussex Wildlife Trust, the South Downs National Park, A Rocha and the Neighbourhood Wardens all played a part as well. It was a wonderful collaboration of many different people’s expertise.
Having spent a day finding out about the scheme, the students took part in a number of workshops, supported by teachers from several different curriculum areas. Their task - to create something to show what is special about the Steyning Downland Scheme. This was very much student led with young people making their own choices about how to convey a message. They made films, websites and signs. A beautiful mural and some imaginative sculptures used their very practical skills, creating board games tested their ingenuity, recording a radio podcast got everyone involved. There were sets of leaflets in different languages, and a wonderful papier mache model of the Rifle Range.
Take a walk around the Steyning Downland Scheme to see the results of the workshops, and take a browse through this part of the website to see some more of their creativity. The Discovery Days proved once more that the Scheme is a place to enjoy, a place to protect, a place to be proud of.