Primary school -  KS1 Programme

Please click on the programme title to view the Teachers' Notes, including curriculum links, learning objectives and outcomes.

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 Focus
Nature Explorers
  • Explore the woodland with a nature walk making sticky cards, sensory games and a hunt for minibeasts. 
  • Learn about the range of creatures that can be termed minibeasts before discovering the minibeasts that live in the woods. The session ends with a chance to touch or hold the centre’s exotic minibeasts.
Tree Trolls
  • A creative craft session where the class will create  their own fantasy woodland creatures from natural materials found in the park.
Terrific Trees
  • Journey through the park carrying out fun activities to learn how to name and identify different types of trees.
I Spy
  • Using the centre’s stuffed and live collection, the class will learn how to sort creatures into groups before heading out into the park to find more.
Plant Pots
  • What plants need to grow and thrive is taught in this session utilising the centre’s garden and the park. All children will make a paper pot to grow some seeds in.
Autumn Watch
  • Autumn leaves and fruits are the main focus of this workshop. The class will learn about how the park changes in this season and search the woods for different signs of autumn (Autumn term only).
Winter Watch
  • This workshop focuses on plant and animal adaptations for surviving the winter. The children will make an animal home for hibernation in the wildlife area. Toy animals can come and explore and hide in the homes (Autumn 2 and Spring term 1 only).

Spring Watch
  • The class will explore the park spotting signs of spring. In the wildlife area the children will make nests using sticks, leaves and clay (Spring term only).
Summer Watch
  • Summer is an ideal time to identify flowers and flying insects. This workshop will focus on spotting signs of summer around the park. In the woods the children will make their own flying dragonfly out of clay (Summer term only).
Habitats KS1
  • This workshop offers the opportunity to compare the pond and the wood as contrasting habitats to show that different living things are found there and see how they are suited to their habitat
Food Chains KS1
  • Through pond dipping and a minibeast hunt the class will learn about simple food chains and have a chance to construct their own.

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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

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

Year 2 Teacher Thomas Kensington

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

Year 1 Teacher, Thomas Battersea

"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

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

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

Year 2 Teacher,
St Barnabas & St Philips School