A series of natural history films for primary schools
Produced and directed by Michael Maloney
Wild Explorers films are designed to be used in the primary school classroom to help teachers raise children’s awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of the natural world.
Michael Maloney of Countrywide Productions is producing a series of Natural History films intended to introduce children to the fascination of the Natural World.
“I have always been interested in the natural world, and have been a passionate bird watcher for over 35 years. I had the pleasure of growing up in a semi rural environment, and my curiosity in nature was encouraged by my friends and my parents. Being aware of the arrival in early Spring of birds from other countries to nest and raise their families in Britain has always been a source of wonder. I would like to share that continued enthusiasm, interest and the knowledge I have gained with the younger generation.”
Much of the material is being filmed and recorded on the marvellous resources that nature reserves offer in the county of Kent.
Films include subjects such as:
- Why do birds have feathers
- The life of a bluebell wood
- Life in a pond
- Oare Gunpowder Works
Read some primary schools teachers’ comments HERE.
The primary object of making these films
The natural world, although a key factor in our every day life, is something that is experienced by most people through their tablets or television screens. This project is intended to introduce and motivate children to investigate the natural world that surrounds them.
These short films are to be aimed at key stages 1 & 2 ( children of 5-11 years of age) who attend primary school. Each film will be supplied with comprehensive notes to give the teachers the opportunity and the resources to discuss with the children such topics as bird migration – including flight and feeding habits/ pollination/ adaption – and how living things adapt to their environment.
How we have identified the need for these films
Nature Reserves are significantly under-used by the local community. Often, people do not know where their local nature reserves are, nor do they know about the quality and variety of wildlife they could see there.
Teachers have commented on the dearth of easily accessible visual resources in support of the Primary Science Curriculum in relation to the local environment, habitats and wildlife. Wild Explorers is providing an essential resource for use in primary school education.
Nature Reserves are mainly visited by people aged over fifty. The aim of this project is to encourage increased visits and by younger people. A three-year research project by the RSPB, published in the Guardian Newspaper, shows that according to the conservation group’s scoring system, four out of five children in the UK are not adequately “connected to nature”.
Conservationists linked the decline in wildlife to the disconnect between children and the natural world. “Nature is in trouble, and children’s connection to nature is closely linked to this”, said Dr Mike Clarke, former RSPB’s chief executive.
The positive legacy of this project:
- The visual resource will help teachers develop their pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the natural resources in their local area.
- The films are being provided free of charge for use within primary school education, and we feel confident that they will add to the knowledge, enthusiasm and passion of the children for years to come.
- Improving children’s knowledge will help in their appreciation of, and pride in their local natural resources, contributing to their future protection.
- The films will help develop children’s understanding of the natural world and its vital role in human well-being.
- The films offer an opportunity to reflect on the magnificence and outstanding beauty that surrounds us.
- The films will be made available online for any other interested organisations.
We have received support so far for this project from :
We would also like to thank the following people and organisations for their contribution to this project:
- Clive Nuttman
- Dean Ramsden
- Faversham Society
- Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works
- Julian Field
- Monkton Nature Reserve
- Music by Creekside Music
- Nathalie Banaigs
- Nikalas Catlow
- Richard Hills
We hope you would like to get involved and support the making of these films. Your feedback is essential to enable us to take this project forward and help children reconnect with nature. If you wish to participate in anyway, please contact us.