Key Stage 2 Programmes

Full Day 10.00am - 2.30pm. Years 3,4,5 & 6

Down to the Coast and Back

‘Why are the cliffs white? Where does the shingle come from? What erodes the rocky shoreline? With hands on activities and games, this programme is designed to get children asking questions about how the Seven Sisters and this spectacular piece of coastline were formed and to see at first-hand how natural forces continue to shape it. They are encouraged to think about the impact that Man has had on the area and consider the future in the face of climate change.

(The walk to the beach is 1½ miles. This programme is best undertaken at low tide)

Coaches can now park in the Forest Car Park – exclusively for Sussex Wildlife Trust days out only! 

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park

10:10am            Toilet stop and briefing 

10:20am            Supervised Road Crossing into the Seven Sisters Country Park

10:30am            Walk and talk to the Beach – guided by our experts

11:15am            Beach Activities – games, discoveries and revelations of Cuckmere Haven!

12 midday        Lunch on the beach

12:30pm            Beach Activities, Field Sketches and the ‘Wave game’ insights to coastal processes led by our Cuckmere experts

1:30pm               Return stroll learning about the historic effects of coastal erosion and world wars!

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

Along the River Cuckmere

Rivers are an intrinsic part of our landscape and play an important role in our lives. Join us for a visit to the River Cuckmere with its iconic meanders and bring rivers alive for your group. Discover how the river fits within the landscape and learn about its importance for both wildlife and for us. Look at how the river plays its part in the water cycle. Find out how the river was formed, how it has been shaped by time, by natural forces and human events and look at the impact that changes in the future will have on this area. Field work includes estimating the speed of the river, the use of compasses, aerial photographs and maps and sketching.

Coaches can now park in the Forest Car Park – exclusively for Sussex Wildlife Trust days out only! 

Itinerary Basic Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park

10:10am            Toilet stop and briefing 

10:20am            Supervised Road Crossing into the Seven Sisters Country Park

10:30am            Map work field work – explained by our experts

12 midday        Lunch can be either at the ‘Camping Barn’ at Fox Hole Farm or we can head straight to the beach for extra activities!

12:30pm           Take a challenging (but fun!) incline to a fabulous vista to discover the changes that have taken place in the Cuckmere Valley

1pm                      Experiments at the River mouth!

1:30pm               Return stroll along the river meanders

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

Rock Pooling

In the rock pools beneath the Seven Sisters is an amazing habitat full of plants and animals that have adapted to living between the tides. Join us at low water to explore this incredible world. Identify sea anemones, crabs, limpets and sea squirts, seaweeds, fish and much more. Learn about how the plants and animals survive on the rocky shore by adapting to the environment in which they live. Find out how they feed, look at simple food chains on the rocky shore and consider how organisms living in this tough environment interact with each other.

(The walk to the beach is 1½ miles. This programme is subject to the suitability of the tides. Rock pooling is only possible at low tide.)

Coaches can now park in the Forest Car Park – exclusively for Sussex Wildlife Trust days out only! 

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park

10:10am            Toilet stop and briefing 

10:20am            Supervised Road Crossing into the Seven Sisters Country Park

10:30am            Walk and talk to the Beach – wildlife explained!

11:15am            Beach Activities – Rock pooling guided by our experts

12 midday        Lunch on the beach

12:30pm            Games, discoveries and revelations on the marine world!

1:30pm               Return stroll learning about the historic effects of coastal erosion and world wars!

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

Wild Day in the Woods  -  (Maximum 60 pupils)

Join us for an adventure in the woods. The children will get the opportunity to experience fire-lighting, shelter building and are encouraged to use tools to make things to take home with them as a memory of their day in the woods.

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park (no road crossings)

10:15am            Toilet stop /Bags and lunch are stored safely in our Education barn

10:30am            Learn the skills to successfully light a fire together - bushcraft techniques

11:15am            Shelter Building – what do we need to survive?

12 midday        Lunch in the Barn / Toilet stop

12:30pm            Woodland crafts and activities based on Forest School teachings

2pm                      Let’s leave no trace!  Put the fire out as a group ceremony!   

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

Wild Day at the Coast

Join us for an adventure at the coast. The children will get the opportunity to explore the wonderful beach at Seven Sisters Country Park. They can identify and classify marine wildlife and find out about the threats facing our ocean through hands-on games and activities and self-led discovery.

This programme can incorporate specific topics and curriculum areas.

(The walk to the beach is 1½ miles. This programme is best undertaken at low tide) 

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park

10:10am            Toilet stop and briefing 

10:20am            Supervised Road Crossing into the Seven Sisters Country Park

10:30am            Walk and talk to the Beach – wildlife explained!

11:15am            Wild Beach games and challenges – explorations of the Cuckmere Haven 

12 midday        Lunch on the beach

12:30pm            Wild Beach games, environmental art, discoveries and revelations on the marine world!

1:30pm               Return stroll learning about the historic effects of coastal erosion and world wars!

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

Hunt for a Habitat  -  (Maximum 60 pupils)

Follow our habitat trail through Friston Forest to find out about the plants and animals that live in the meadow, the woodland and the pond. Games and activities, including mini-beast hunting, pond dipping, and sweep netting encourage the children to find out how different creatures adapt to different habitats; they learn about life cycles, food chains and how plants and animals interact with each other. There will be opportunities to use classification keys and to group organisms according to their specific characteristics.

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park   (no road crossings)

10:15am            Toilet stop /Bags and lunch are stored safely in our Education Barn

10:30am            Head to our chalkland meadow to sweep net and explore the creatures that leave in the grasslands

11:15am            What animals live of the edge of our woodlands? – what is a wildlife corridor?  How to survive in the woods– discover the creatures living from the roots to the canopy

12 midday        Lunch in the Barn / Toilet stop

12:30pm            Pond Dipping – a lot more than just tadpoles!

1:20pm               Get closer to the minibeasts and learn all about them with our experts!

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart

 

The Friston Forest Challenge  -  (Maximum 60 pupils)

If you are looking for a team building experience that involves getting children out of doors and interacting with the natural environment then join us in Friston Forest for an adventure that includes shelter building, orienteering or a wildlife challenge trail.

Please note numbers have to be restricted to 60 for this programme.

Itinerary Outline:

10am                   Arrival – coach to park in the Forest Car Park   (no road crossings)

10:15am            Toilet stop /Bags and lunch are stored safely in our Education Barn

10:30am            Sussex Wildlife Trust Orienteering special course with ‘Nature Cache’ challenges and wildlife discoveries en-route - Woodland activities and discoveries

12 midday        Lunch in the Barn / Toilet stop

12:30pm            Team Challenges 

1:15pm               How to make an effective shelter using woodland materials

2:15pm               Collect belongings / Toilet stop

2:30pm               Coaches depart