Primary school

Nature explorers
Ecology Leaf samples
Pond and Woodland life

 

 

 

 

Visits are available all year round but please book early for the summer term as it is often fully booked.

Key Stage 1 Programmes

Programme (KS1)  Description
Nature Explorers Explore the woodland with a nature walk making sticky cards, sensory games and a hunt for minibeasts. 
Minibeasts To explore a woodland habitat for minibeasts/invertebrates
To group and sort creatures
Tree Trolls Create fantasy woodland creatures from natural materials
Terrific Trees Explore plant life cycles and learn how to identify and classify trees using keys.
I Spy To know that there are a variety of common animals and to compare the structure of different groups of animals
Plant Pots Identification, plant structure and what plants need to be healthy
Who Eats What?
Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores
To identify and classify animals according to their diet
To collect minibeasts, identify and look after them
Autumn Watch To increase understanding of why different seasons occur and the natural changes that take place as the seasons progress
Winter Watch To increase understanding of why different seasons occur and the natural changes that take place as the seasons progress
Spring Watch To increase understanding of why different seasons occur and the natural changes that take place as the seasons progress
Summer Watch To increase understanding of why different seasons occur and the natural changes that take place as the seasons progress
Habitats KS1 To compare two contrasting habitats to show that different living things are found there and see how they are suited to their habitat
Food Chains KS1 To show that living things can be placed in food chains to depict how they get their energy

Key Stage 2 Programmes

Programme (KS2) Description
Habitats KS2 Explore wood and pond habitats
Food Chains KS2 To show that food chains, with producers, predators and prey, exist within habitats
Pond and Woodland life Compare and contrast different creatures that live in ponds and woods.
Plant Life - Pollination Identification and methods of pollination
Plant Life - Seed dispersal Identification and methods of seed dispersal
Keys - Animals Making and using keys to identify invertebrates according to their characteristics
Keys - Plants Making and using keys to identify plants according to their characteristics
Beaks and Feet - Adaptation Observation and questioning about local animals and how they are adapted to their environment
Nature’s Recyclers Relate recycling to the woodland nutrient cycle; learn about the role of detritivores and decomposers in the woodland ecosystem and build a wormery.
Lifecycles

To increase understanding of both plant and animal lifecycles

Classification How living things are classified into broad groups

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Teachers' Testimonials

"Brilliant day, pitched well to the age group.
The children were engaged and on task at all times. Thank you."

Reception teacher, Oxford gardens School
June 2014

"Enthusiastic interested staff. Appropriate level of learning.
A fabulous workshop. Certainly do this again."

Year 2 Teacher Thomas kensington
June 2014

"Always an enjoyable trip which the children
thoroughly enjoy. Thank you!"

Year 1 Teacher, Thomas Battersea
June 2014

"A really interesting and interactive session.
My class loved it. Fiona was calm and kind to the boys and
we had a great time. Thank you."

Year 1 Teacher, Garden House School
June 2014

"Very informative and stimulating for the children."
Year 2 Teacher, Norfolk House School
June 2014

"As ever the session was well run by Trevor,
who gave clear instructions. Thank you."

Year 2 Teacher,
St Barnabas & St Philips School
June 2014

 

 

Tell us what you think. Your feeback is important to us

We aim to constantly improve our service to pupils and teachers. Teachers and group leaders are asked to complete a brief evaluation at the end of the visit. We always welcome suggestions on how to make your visit more effective and enjoyable, as well as new services you would like to see the Ecology Centre provide.

We use the following form to collect feedback from teachers after environmental education visits. Forms will also be given to teachers after the visit.