School Visits: Wildlife Superheroes
School Workshops for All Ages
We are open for school visit bookings from September 2019 as part of our Wildlife Superheroes project. Please book early to avoid disappointment or book for a quieter time of year, i.e. outside of the summer term.
With this in mind, we are offering sessions in the autumn term at the discounted rate of £30! In addition to all our usual sessions (which are outlined further down this page) we will also be offering some other seasonal sessions in the autumn term. These include:
- Hedgehog hibernation – looking at habitats around the garden and making a hibernation nest for a hedgehog. Who can keep their hedgehog the warmest?
- Berry painting – collecting berries from our lovely garden and using them to paint on fabric.
- Autumn seasonal special – looking at the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, seasonal change, making pictures of trees out of natural resources (great for Year 1).
- Christmas Wreath making (KS2 only) – everyone collects foliage from around the garden and makes their own Christmas wreath to take home, decorated with ribbons and baubles.
As of the beginning of October, we are fully booked for October and December, but we still have a few spaces in November.
Examples of workshops on offer:
Meadows and Pollinators
For Foundation Stage and KS1
- Be a bee: A chance to explore the garden through the eyes of a honey bee. Visit our bee hives and learn some fascinating facts about bees. Collect pollen. Plant a sunflower to take back to school.
- Plant party: Walk around the garden and learn the names of plants, including trees. Find out about the structure of plants and what plants need to grow. Plant a seed to take back to school or make a picture of a plant on fabric.
- Fantastic Flowers: Look at the different parts of a plant and their functions. Learn about the role of flowers in pollination and the importance of bees. Make a potion using plants from the garden. Find out why smells and colours are important to flowers. Plant some scented herbs to take back to school.
- Plant detectives: Be a plant hunter, finding seasonal plants and flowers in the garden. Learn about the life cycle of plants, including pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. Plan and plant a miniature garden to take back to school. Maybe play a game of bee tag!
Water and Aquatic Life
For Foundation Stage and KS1
- Pond dipping: What can you find in our pond? Meet some of the creatures who live in our pond. Make a creature from our pond using natural resources.
- Pond detectives: See how many species you can find in our pond. Record different species in a tally and find out about one creature in more detail. Construct a simple food chain.
- How clean is our pond?: Pond dipping. Use binary codes to identify creatures. Talk about causes of pollution to water courses. Work out how clean our pond is. Talk about the causes of pollution to water courses. Work out how clean our pond is. Find out more about one of the creatures in our pond.
- Newt Lives: Pond dipping. Come and meet our resident amphibians. Find out how they live and learn about their life cycle through our newt treasure hunt. What’s on the menu? Survey the garden for food sources. Play food chain tag!
Trees and Woodland
For Foundation Stage and KS1
- Minibeast Superheroes: Meet the amazing minibeasts in our woodland and find out some fascinating facts about them. Go on a minibeast hunt of your very own.
- Trees mean homes: Track down some of the different trees in the garden. Learn about parts of a tree and maybe about evergreen and deciduous trees. Think about which animals live in the woods. Maybe find out more about a particular animal? Make your own habitat for a woodland creature.
- Tree trails: Get to know some of the trees in our woodland. How many different species are there? How could you classify them. Think about native and non native trees.
- Habitat heaven: Find different birds in our lovely garden in our bird treasure hunt. Learn about the wonderful habitat our woods provide. Survey the wider garden for habitats. Think about the interdependency between different species. Construct food chains.
At the end of each session, each class be given the option to undertake a Wildlife Rescue Task to complete back at school or in the local community. This could be something like designing a poster about saving water, making a bug hotel, planting some bee friendly plants, or surveying trees in a local park. Schools are required to feed back to us on how their Wildlife Rescue Task has gone. On completion of their task, the children will receive a certificate for their Wildlife mini heroes award.
Teachers’ comments from the Summer term 2019:
“A fantastic day with lots of lovely activities.”
“The day exceeded my expectations and matched our objectives for Science.”
“The session was perfect, Rosie was fantastic. Thank you for a brilliant day.”
“A very interesting and fun visit. The children learned lots and enjoyed themselves while doing it. Thank you!”
“They absolutely loved it! Remembered so much from last year, so it was great to build on knowledge and develop further with completely different content.”
Comments from children:
“It was my first visit to somewhere like this and it was fun.”
"I liked looking at creatures I've never seen before, like the water scorpion."
“It was good to learn about bees. I’m not afraid of them any more.”
“I think nature is cool.”
A note about play:
From September 2019, we are incorporating a minimum of 15 minutes of play time into all our school sessions. Although we aim to make all of our sessions fun and engaging throughout for children, we also want to give children the opportunity to play and make their own choices in our lovely garden space.
Play is good for children. It’s vital that children have the space, time and opportunity to do things on their own terms, particularly in a world where things can seem increasingly directed and organised. Regular play benefits children in a multitude of ways. Emotionally it can help them to work through things that are worrying them. Socially it can enable them communicate and negotiate with others. Play also gives children the opportunity to develop intellectually in terms of establishing additional ways of thinking and understanding.
Children learn so much when they are given a chance to follow their own interests. The intrinsic motivation leads to deeper level learning.
Each class can attend up to three sessions in total at the garden (each with a follow up Wildlife Rescue Task and certificate).
Each session costs £50 (except in the autumn term where all sessions are discounted to £30). Sessions at the garden can be half days (9.45-11.45) or full days (9.45-2.15) and are available from September 2019.
All sessions and Wildlife Rescue Tasks will be planned in conjunction with the class teacher to ensure they link in with the children's learning wherever possible. We are also able to offer free resources and support to each class to complete their Wildlife Rescue Tasks.
This project is only possible thanks to The Postcode Local Trust.