We want to raise funds to buy two Nest Box Cameras and portable, waterproof cameras for the children to use to capture images and video of the birds, bugs and beetles in their garden. The portable cameras can be attached to tripods and hidden, scooters and even children themselves! The children will install some in hiding places around the garden, and use others to take images and video themselves as they explore the garden and college.
Who are We?
St Anne's Nursery is a small day nursery within St Anne's College Oxford. It is attended by 12 children, aged from 3 months to 5 years. It has a strong commitment to helping children learn about the natural world and was rated 'Outstanding' in its more recent OFSTED inspection, an achievement of which both staff and St Anne's College are very proud.
At St Anne's Nursery, the children are involved in a lot of outdoor activities. They learn about forest skills, birds, bugs and animals. They even make their own charcoal for drawing in their fire pit! Now they want to be able to watch the birds and bugs up close in their secret homes. They have just built an amazing bug hotel, and now they want to install some hidden cameras around their garden and use cameras themselves to take pictures and videos of the natural world and its inhabitants.
The staff and parents at St Anne's think it is very important for the children to interact with the natural world so that can both learn about the plants, animals and insects that are part of that world, and develop a sense of the value and importance of protecting that world.
Installing cameras will help the children see animals and birds much more closely than they otherwise can, and help them to deepen their understanding of the natural world. Letting them use cameras themselves will help them be actively engaged, and direct their own learning. It will also build their understanding of technology, which is another important aspect of their educational development.
Where will the money go?
- The minimum funding will enable the nursery to purchase one Nest Box Camera. These cameras are built into a nest box, allowing children to see birds close up. If any eggs are laid, the children will be able to watch video of them hatching and growing up!
- If we raise more than the minimum, we will buy up to six portable cameras (Kidizoom Action Cameras) and a second Nest Box Camera.
- If we raise more than our target, we will put this towards other items that help the children interact with the natural world.
- Cost breakdown:
- Next Box Camera: £129
- Kidizoom Action Camera (like a child's GoPro!): £48
- Kidizoom Duo Camera (tough cameras that are good for little hands): £39
- We have some lovely rewards for donors made especially by the children themselves.
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- And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.
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The children are very excited that they have nearly reached their target, especially as they will now have the opportunity to design and participate in their very own citizen science project!
Fellows Geraldine Hazbu, Imogen Goold and Sarah Waters giving Kyle from the nursery a soaking!
College members having a great day out at the Nursery Fete!
Last week the nursery held a number of very successful events to help raise funds for the cameras. We ran a cake sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, which proved very popular with staff and students. Many local and national businesses donated prizes for our raffle (they are listed below), which was a huge success. On Thursday, we held the (inaugural?) Soak-a-Fellow event, at which staff and students could throw wet sponges at some fellows. It was great fun on a happily very warm day.
Events culminated in the Fete, which saw the nursery opened up to the college and offered cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and face painting. Lots of St Anne's members came along and it was lovely to see the nursery children and staff having a chance to interact with the wider college community.
Many thanks to our prize donors:
Farmer Gow’sCotswold Wildlife ParkOpen Top Bus ToursBlackwell’sJamal’sUltimate Picture PalaceBekonscotOxford Shakespeare CompanyOxford United Football ClubBodenSipsmith’s Gin
1 anonymous donation of £50.00