Arno Vale Primary School in Nottingham gets inspired by Shark Guardian

Shark Guardian Charity Directors Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing spent a fantastic morning at Arno Vale Primary school in Arnold, Nottingham, on the 17th of January 2014. 60 Year 6 pupils loved every minute of the presentation on sharks and marine life.  Following the presentation letters were written to their local MP expressing their concerns about shark finning.

Arno Vale Primary School, Nottingham: SHAAAARK!

Arno Vale Primary School, Nottingham: SHAAAARK!

500 Shark Species worldwide

Shark Guardian have now visited 8 schools in England over the last 2 months

Shark Guardian have now visited 8 schools in England over the last 2 months

From the fabulous introduction video on the 17th of January the Arno Vale youngsters were hooked. The reactions to the many shark species  was a mixture of amazement and astonishment. Sharks highlighted as the apex predator in our earths largest ecosystem was easily appreciated and absorbed by this group.

Shock at the brutal act of Shark Finning

Shark Guardian in Nottingham - Brendon inspires the children

Shark Guardian in Nottingham – Brendon inspires the children

After learning about different shark species and how amazing sharks really are, we introduced the pupils to shark finning. Shock, horror and sadness was evident all round. The 10 – 11 year old children could not understand why these beautiful creatures are being treated this way. And the numbers of sharks being killed was a real shock to all, especially the teachers. Everybody in the room vowed to try and make a difference in shark conservation and become Shark Guardians too.

Children Inspired to try and make a difference for UK sharks

Pupils at Arno Vale ask questions about shark finning

Pupils at Arno Vale ask questions about shark finning

Shark Guardian received word that the childrens’ studies for the remainder of the day after the presentation had changed slightly. The children were so saddened to learn about shark finning that following discussions with teachers, the children wrote letters to send to their local member of parliament. They have written about their horror and sadness and want to hear answers about what is being doing in the UK to stop this. This is especially considering the UK is in the top 20 of Countries worldwide responsible for shark finning.

Follow up progress with the Arno Vale pupils

Brendon and Liz look forward to seeing the follow up activities from the students at Arno Vale Primary School. The presentation fit nicely at the start of the Year groups unit on Oceans. There are many weeks ahead to continue learning about sharks and the important role they play in our oceans. We cannot wait to see the results from this motivated and inspiring group of children.

2 Comments:

  1. Thank you so much! We had a fab time and heard about the letters you have written – that is awesome work. Stay in touch with us and we look forward to seeing more of your work. Liz and Brendon

  2. Hello I am a pupil at Arno Vale, I loved the talk. You are amazing!!!!!

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