Treat your pupils to a mega mix of education and excitement! There’ll be no nodding off in these subjects, with world-class activities and 200 acres of outdoor fun on the timetable.
From mini-beast trails to pond-dipping, field studies and nature walks, we’re curriculum–friendly and cost–effective.
£6 per child half day
£10 per child full day
Min 15, Max 30 children
Bringing children into regular and repeated contact with their local outdoor environment brings many benefits:
- Encourage emotional growth, self reliance and independence.
- Promote holistic and individualised development.
- Develop respect and care for the natural world.
- Improve physical strength and stamina.
- Increase practical skills, coordination and dexterity.
- Help build personal and social skills.
- Enthuse participants to transmit their experiences through writing, storytelling and pictures.
- Extend knowledge and enthusiasm of the programme at home.
Key Stage 1 & 2
Nature walk & talk
Follow the marked trail to the Gruffalo and Fairy Glen area of the Forest Park. Children will discover trees, plants, birds and insects along the way, before embarking on some bark rubbing, building picture frames for their finds in the forest and completing tree and leaf identification.
Pond life and Mini-beasts
Pond-dip with nets and trays identifying local wildlife. Work out the age and height of trees and take a further look at tree and leaf analysis. Discover the wonderful world of mini-beasts, looking at their habitat, what types of mini-beasts exist in Colin Glen, what they eat and how to identify them.
Key Stage 3 & 4
Bug boxes and food chains
Aimed at 11-14 year olds, incorporating pond dipping using nets, trays and bug boxes. Looking into food chains and the private life of plants specifically light and dark environments. Collect mini beasts in bug boxes, identifying their finds against charts, understanding the difference in types of mini-beast and how they survive in their environment.
Riverbeds and rocks
Ideally for Key Stage 4, this involves the understanding of how the Colin River is formed, visiting up to 10 sites and checking the depth, flow, velocity, bed load of the river, completing kick sampling looking at river bed sediment and rocks. This field study is a great compliment to classroom studies.