STEMM - Nature Calling

Ref: C3840193

'Nature Calling' is designed to facilitate students' research skills and application of acquired knowledge to participate in a creative project promoting awareness of a natural environment, the canal, within the local and wider community.

Course aim

To provide a research based creative project about mammals living within the local canal habitat as inspiration, with a view to future involvement with the Canals and River Trust.

Who is the course for?

Disability learners only - People needing support will have to be accompanied by support worker . speak to EB for further information

What topics will this course cover

The course is designed to promote and develop confidence and self esteem in students with a learning disability, by encouraging research about mammals living in their local canal habitat. Students will share and then apply that knowledge to create paper puppets in paper theatre landscapes.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

To use prior knowledge and research in small groups to identify the main fauna living in canal side habitats. To display research and information as visual recordings and information sheets in small groups. To create as individuals animal paper puppets inspired by the research. To create simple paper theatres of canal landscapes using photographs, in small working groups. To digitally record the final art pieces, of animals in their environment.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Assessment will be at regular points during the course ensuring that tutor advice and guidance is effective. Feedback will take the form of group discussions, peer feedback and 1:1 tutorials.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Some students have progressed onto college courses in FE and HE. Students will be sign posted to other WEA courses if appropriate.

Download full course outline

STEMM - Nature Calling Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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