EYFS & Primary Programmes

All of our sessions provide pupils with fun, first hand practical experiences in a range of child friendly, outdoor learning areas.

Using a range of simple scientific equipment the children all get the opportunity to closely observe nature, perform simple tests, identify and classify local wildlife, compare and contrast what they find.  They also record data about the plants and creatures they discover.

We offer a wide range of experiences which develop childrens’ learning and understanding. This compliments later learning in the classroom environment. All of our sessions have specific links to Science Geography, Maths, English, Art and D&T – and we are also happy to focus on any specific topic area(s).

We offer our sessions throughout year; adding a seasonal twist to them all.  We can also mix and match all of our programmes to suit your specific and seasonal requirements.

 

EYFS

 

Babes in the woods

This session promotes active learning and enables the class to investigate, discover and observe some of the fascinating animals and plants here at Path Hill; providing an ideal introduction to a greater understanding of the outside world.

 

Key Stage 1

 

Habitat Explorers

We use all of our senses to discover and observe a range of habitats. We then use our “super-senses” to find a range of plants, trees and animals and then explore their life cycles, basic needs and what they require to grow and survive (including simple food chains).

 

Plant Detectives

We use all of our senses to discover plants in a range of habitats.  We discover and observe the basic structure of plants and trees in our local environment and explore how they germinate, reproduce and grow.  We also learn the importance of bees to plants and learn how to do a waggle dance!

 

Materials through the seasons

By identifying and comparing the suitability of various natural and humanly constructed materials, we help local animals to adapt and survive to the changing seasons by making them wonderful, bespoke shelters !

 

Key Stage 2

 

Living things and their habitats

Using classification keys, we will discover and identify a range of flowering and non-flowering plants; animals (both vertebrates and  invertebrates) in their habitats and micro-habitats.  We then find out what is on the menu for these creatures (food chains, identifying producers, predator and prey) also how animals use sound  and other senses for hunting and protection .  We also look at how environments can change and how and why pollution can sometimes pose dangers to wildlife.For older groups we focus more on how plants and animals we find are perfectly suited to their environment (adaptations)

 

Water, water everywhere!

Focusing on the River Thames, we explore the physical features of rivers and use maps to help us find the source and mouth.  We look at the water cycle, and how  pollution threatens both local and global water resources, and importantly, how we can all do our bit to help conserve what is often referred to as “blue gold”.

 

Soils and Rocks

Professor Mud gives us a secret soil recipe and the students try to discover the missing ingredient.  After we have developed our worm charming skills,  we than look at rocks and soil types in our local environment.

 

Suitable for all ages

 

Food and Farming

Gives groups of all ages a chance to learn about our organic farm and to meet and feed some of the animals (cows, sheep, horses).  For older groups we look at inputs, processes and outputs of a typical farm.

 

Survival Skills

In true Bare Grylls and Ray Mears style – the group learn how to build a shelter out in the woods,  animal tracking, fire making and lighting skills.  We then cook lunch outdoors too!  This session is ideal for a school trip or for start term team-building.

 

Young Geographers

The group use fieldwork and a combination of maps, compasses, co-ordinates,  aerial photographs, tracking skills to try and bust the code laid out by our Path Hill Secret Special Agent. They are asked to observe, measure and record the human and physical features of the site using a range of methods including sketch maps.

We can tailor this programme to be combined with other topics including Maths and English. We can include mapping work in other programmes on request.