Wild, exciting and educational! Our school sessions are linked to the curriculum and use nature as an educational tool to provide your learners with an invaluable experience getting closer to the natural world.
Our staff members are experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about nature and will help you with your hands-on learning, allowing your students to learn and discover along the way.
Who lives underwater?
Find our what types of creatures live underwater. Explore our natural pond dipping areas by using our nets and trays to discover and learn about aquatic different species, we’ll take you through the process of using charts to identify and record your finds. We’ll find out how they survive underwater, and how everyone lives underwater together. Head inside for an interactive talk on your discoveries via our microscope!
What makes birds special?
Discover the special adaptations that birds have that makes them so unique! We’ll explore different adaptations through using some unique props which we will get hands-on with. Putting our new-found knowledge to play, we’ll visit one of the hides and feeders to put our teachings into practice by watching the birds and observing different behaviour.
What do pollinators do?
Find out what role pollinators play in our world by exploring the meadow on the reserve. Discover what species are in the meadow using our identification charts. Using our sample pollinators back at base, we’ll use our microscope to look at the unique features the pollinators have and explore what resources such as food rely on pollinators and how their decline will affect humans.
Foundation Phase – KS2 – KS3
How do creatures live underwater?
Explore underwater of our natural pond dipping zone and find out what creatures live underwater. We’ll use nets and trays to collect our samples, use magnifying glasses and charts to discover their names and head inside to get a closer look via our microscope! Learning how they are adapted, we’ll look at the food chain and life-cycles of some of these creatures.
KS2 – KS3
How are birds adapted?
Find out the different adaptations that birds have that makes them able to live in different habitats. We’ll explore the different beaks, wings and skulls that makes them unique to their habitats and how their adaptations helps them in feeding, nesting and surviving in their chosen areas. Using this knowledge, we’ll visit a hide to see the different adaptations put into place and we’ll aim to spot the behaviours to match our adaptations.
KS2 – KS3
How do we conserve wildlife?
There is much to think about when it comes to conserving wildlife. Discover how conservationists and reserve wardens locate, identify and record the wildlife on the reserve and how best to create habitats for them. We’ll explore the reserve, and in groups we will seek to identify and record the different wildlife using methods such as observation, trapping, netting and tetrads, we’ll whilst also looking at habitats, usage and feeding habits to collect other data.
KS4 – KS5
What are invertebrates?
Find out what species of invertebrates live in the different habitats throughout the reserve. We’ll explore the trees, ponds and damp locations to collect samples and discover their names using our identification charts and magnifying glasses. Using specialist equipment and techniques to collect a variety of samples, we’ll explore the life-cycles of some of these creatures – some might not be what you expect!
Foundation Phase – KS2
What food for what birds?
Using foods and skulls, we’ll explore the different foods that birds may eat by matching them up. Discover how different species are adapted to different food by exploring the different food we may find in the reserve by either exploring the pond dipping zone or the minibeast zone and create a food-chain! We’ll observe this behaviour by visiting our feeding station or hides to find what species are eating different food.
Foundation Phase – KS2 – (adapted for KS3)