Key Stage 2
Inspire your class with a hands-on session designed to engage pupils with the natural world, develop their communication and social skills, and enrich their learning.
This autumn we are launching new sessions in our exciting Bear Wood exhibit: Read the session descriptions below and click on the links to find out more.
‘As a teacher, I also learnt loads! Will really help our learning this term - thank you.’
- St Anne’s CE School
Choose from a wide variety of sessions:
- NEW! ‘Bear’ your teeth: Teeth, eating, food chains, carnivores and herbivores – in Bear Wood
- NEW! African Safari: The African savannah, food chains, habitat loss and conservation
- Marvellous Minibeasts (Terms 5 & 6 only): Bugs, habitats and bug hunting
- Powerful Plants (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only): Plant structure and function, using microscopes, pollination and seed dispersal
- Wildly Creative: Art using natural materials, Andy Goldsworthy, creativity and exploration
- Wild About Wolves: Wolf adaptation and teamwork, habitat loss, literacy - in Bear Wood
- Why the long neck? Evolution, adaptation, natural selection, giraffes, active outdoor games
- Wild Orienteering: Exploring Wild Place, navigation, teamwork, map-reading, compass skills
- Team Challenge: Various activities to build social skills and help develop positive relationships
- Forest School Taster: Various activities building social skills, teamwork and communication
- Amazing Madagascar: The wildlife of Madagascar, deforestation, threats and conservation
- Animal Detectives: An introduction to classification with a focus on the five vertebrate groups
- Remarkable Reindeer (Term 2 only): Christmas reindeer-themed session with a fun craft
NEW! ‘Bear’ your teeth!
Find out what the animals of Bear Wood eat, how they find food, and how they eat it. Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore – each have the right teeth for wolfing it down! Discover how the supply of food changes through the year, and how woodland animals survive.
- Teeth and eating
- Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
- Food chains
NEW! African Safari
Visit our African village and walk around the savannah to look at real African animals including giraffes, zebras and cheetahs. Through outdoor activities such as games and a team trail, discover how animals live in the grassland, how they rely on each other for survival and the threats to this delicate balance.
- Adaptations of savannah animals
- Savannah food chains
- Threats to African wildlife and conservation
Marvellous Minibeasts (Terms 4 & 5 only)
Explore woodland/meadow habitats and discover the amazing minibeasts which live there. Pupils examine invertebrates in detail using magnifying glasses and identify them using a simple key. As part of their investigation, children get to grips with bug pots, magnifying glasses, identification charts and other essentials.
- Describe features and habitats of different minibeasts
- Use simple equipment to collect and observe minibeasts
- Handle animals carefully
Powerful Plants (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only)
Pupils discover the many uses of plants, identify woodland plants, examine a flower under a field microscope and explore pollination and seed dispersal. They also plant seasonal seeds or bulbs to take home.
- Name some features of plants & know that plants grow from seeds or bulbs
- Identify at least 3 kinds of plants
- Describe what plants need to grow (and how they reproduce)
Through interactive activities pupils explore colours, patterns, sounds, smells and textures in nature. They gather words to describe their sensory experience, and learn to identify trees and plants. Inspired by nature, they create artwork using natural materials.
- Extend balance and co-ordination, use a range of senses in physical activities and challenges
- Use a range of natural materials creatively
- Produce art work considering colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space
Wild About Wolves – Now in Bear Wood!
Exploring our exciting new Bear Wood exhibit, pupils learn the truth about wolves, discover why wolves howl and find their pack by smell alone. Through a series of games, pupils find out about wolf adaptation and take part in the predator-prey challenge!
- Know some facts about wolves (adaptations & behaviour)
- Describe why wolves & other animals became extinct in the UK
- Suggest how to preserve remaining forests in the UK
Why the long neck?
Adaptation and evolution come to life through games and hands-on exploration. Looking at Wild Place’s animals, particularly giraffes, children discover how adaptation and natural selection can lead to evolution.
- Explore how and why animals are adapted to their habitats
- Understand that variation within a species is inherited by offspring
- Natural selection over many generations may lead to evolution
Get out and explore the beautiful woods and meadows of Wild Place! Navigate your way around the site using simple orienteering skills to find and complete team challenges. Which team will complete the course in the fastest time - and find all the correct answers?! (Session takes approx. 1-1.5hrs)
- Develop teamwork and communication
- Learn and put into practice simple map-reading and compass skills
- Small prize for the team with the most correct answers and the fastest completion time!
Kick off the academic year on the right foot, with a series of teambuilding challenges for your group that will help develop positive relationships, build social and communication skills and grow confidence! For the ultimate challenge why not add on a Leap of Faith
- Which team will be the first across the ‘river’, stepping only on ‘rocks’?!
- Which team can make the best mini-raft?
- Please note activities are subject to change depending on the age and ability of the group
Forest School Taster
Explore Forest Camp and take part in a variety of activities designed to develop confidence, teamwork and physical skills. Activities can tie into literacy using stories and fairytales you’re reading together, help develop communication, or explore the senses… just let us know your objectives!
- Explore the woodland environment
- Teambuilding games and activities
- Develop communication and social skills
In our Madagascar Schoolhouse, next to the lemurs and goats, pupils discover the unique species of the world’s fourth largest island, and play the deforestation game. They explore a Madagascan village, solving clues in an interactive trail and meet a Madagascan creepy crawly.
- Identify Madagascar location, habitats and some animals
- Describe causes of habitat destruction and why some species are endangered
- Suggest why it is important to conserve habitat in Madagascar and at home
Introducing classification with an engaging detective hunt exploring the features of different vertebrates. Pupils also sort animal artefacts, play topical games and meet some live invertebrates.
- Group animals according to their similarities
- Find out key features of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish
- Recognise some features of invertebrates
Get festive at Wild Place this winter and find out why reindeer are associated with Christmas, how they are adapted to survive the cold, and make your own reindeer Christmas decoration to take home.
- Explore how and why reindeer are associated with Christmas
- Know how reindeer are adapted to their habitat, and their basic needs for survival.
- Understand some threats to reindeer, and some ways to help with conservation of reindeer and other wild animals.
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