- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Cork, Kerry
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
The natural world is a constant source of wonder, excitement and delight for Calvin. His visits aim to encourage the childrens innate curiosity and discover the wonder of local wildlife for themselves. Calvin prefers to commit to a 5-series visit wherever possible, as it offers the opportunity to explore a broader range of topics and experiences with the children. His workshops are informative, educational, fun and link directly into the SESE curriculum.
Classroom-based activities include wildlife art, writing, investigations, quizzes and crafts - e.g. making a bird feeder out of old milk containers! In the outdoors - the children explore the wildlife in and around the school - and the habitats they call home. They learn to identify the garden birds visiting the school, and learn some tricks to encourage more to visit! Calvin particularly enjoys leading the children on a range of activities at local wildlife sites e.g. hunting for mini-beasts in local hedgerows! Calvins visits can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular class-group or school.
Calvin is a freelance nature writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of Irelands largest independent wildlife and nature website irelandswildlife.com.
"Excellent visit and very engaging throughout. Great use of equipment."
"The children really enjoyed their walk and talk. they really enjoyed the use of the binoculars and seeing the wildlife around the local area. Thank you!"
"Would love a follow-up visit next year!"
"A Very enjoyable day was had by pupils."
"The children really enjoyed the workshop and engaged with the Specialist."
"Bhain na paisti taitneamh agus tairbhe as chuairt Calvin Jones linn. Bhi Calvin ar fheabhas mar Saineolai agus Cainteoir." - Gaelscoil Mhachan
"Very interesting and informative."
"We can't wait to have Calvin back visiting us again soon. Such a positive experience with every class grouping. Thank you" - Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, Cork
"Have got Excellent feedback from Principal, Class Teachers, Parents and pupils. Very enjoyable and beneficial visit by an Expert in his field." - Gaelscoil Mhachan, Cork
"The children really enjoyed the visit, which was well prepared and very professionally delivered. The outdoor element of the programme was particularly beneficial and there were huge learning outcomes form the hands-on experience." - Scoil Ursula, Cork
"Children really enjoyed the visit. It increased their awareness and knowledge of biodiversity, in particular the hands-on learning and outdoor work using the worksheets provided by the Heritage Expert. The Expert was very enthusiastic and engaging in delivering the programme and successfully maintained the attention of the children. He also provided very valuable advice to the Green School's Committee." - Scoil na Croise Noafa, Cork
"Calvin was excellent, held the attention of the children and engaged them in a Wildlife Safari which added greatly to the children’s knowledge of their local environment. His enthusiasm for his subject was infectious in the classroom and inspired the children to ask questions. His classroom management skills were very effective. He was very patient and was very inclusive of all children and adapted his presentation to suit the ability of his audience. I would highly recommend him to another school." - Scoil na Croise Naofa, Cork
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips