Our Environmental Education trips are a great way for a whole class to learn hands on about our countryside.
The difference between Forest School and Environmental Education are Environmental Education sessions are suitable for larger groups and have an outdoor learning focus. Forest School develops a child holistically and focuses on emotional intelligence and consequently small groups help achieve this.
Environmental Education Fees
|Session||Price per Child|
|9:45am - 2:30pm||£8.50|
|9:45am - 11:45am||£5.50|
|12:30pm - 2:30pm||£5.50|
Environmental Education Themes
Below is a table, describing the options available for Environmental Education trips. We do have a certain amount of flexibility with these options, please discuss if you have a particular topic you would like to explore, following on from work in the classroom.
|Theme||Description||School Years Suitable For|
|Green Plants||Exploring growth and nutrition (relevant for the Key Stage curriculum of the class). This is related to crops growing in the field and the farming year. Activities to include a tractor and trailer ride to explore what’s growing in the fields, closely investigating plants and completing a worksheet.||This theme can be tailored to all year groups|
|Variation and Classification – Plants And Wildlfowers||Explore plants and wildflowers growing in the woods and around field margins by going on a nature walk. Children to identify them, assign them to groups and make a key to the habitat they are found in.||Years 3 to 6|
|Variation and Classification - Trees||Calculate the age of a tree, hug a tree blindfold challenge(exploring shape, size, texture), use identification keys to identify trees. Children to then assign them to groups and make a key to the habitat they are found in.||Years 3 to 6|
|Living things in their Environment - Minibeasts||Minibeast hunt, comparing minibeasts found in different environments from grassy meadows to under tree stumps. Minibeasts can then be explored through magnifying glasses, discussions about the way they move and their body parts, minibeast games.||This theme can be tailored to all year groups|
|Living things in their Environment – Woodland Habitats||Children to explore what plants and animals live in the woods. Go on a nature detectives walk in the woods, children building an animal home in small groups, considering an animal of their choice, and choosing an appropriate place to build it, using natural materials. Finish by children sharing their creations with the group.||This theme can be tailored to all year groups|
|Shelter Building||Discuss what is needed to survive outside, considering hierachy of survival needs. In teams build a shelter using a tarpaulin and natural materials. The session will be concluded by each group presenting their shelter to the rest of the group and they will be scored for their level of robustness, protection from the elements and teamworking skills.||This theme can be tailored to all year groups|
|Geographical Enquiry ad Skills –Navigation||Teach children how to use a compass and read maps, split into small groups and go on a walk following a specific route, answering questions along the way.||Years 3 to 6|
|Knowledge and Understanding of patterns and processes – Exploring the Seasons||Explore seasonal changes to the weather and impact it has on the environment. A range of seasonal activities could happen, depending on the time of year and current weather. These could include, landscape watercolour paintings, making leaf crowns and spying on the treetops and forest floors with mirrors.||Years 1 and 2|
|Knowledge and Understanding of Places – Exploring Great Wood Farm||Explore the location of Great Wood Farm and its geographical features. Tractor and trailer ride around the farm, children to make a labelled field sketch and map the areas visited on the farm. Learn why a field is ridge and furrow, and how it has changed over time. Finish by comparing the farm to other places the class are familiar with.||Years 3 to 6|
|Knowledge and Understanding on Environmental Change and Sustainable Development – What is happening at Great Wood Farm?||Interactive tractor and trailer ride around the farm, stopping at various points to explore what conservation work is happening and why. Compare the environment here to where the children live or is like at their school. The session will finish with a sustainable activity which will vary from making posters to helping Farmer Brian on the farm.||This theme can be tailored to all year groups|