Education Programmes

    We currently provide programmes from Early Years to Key Stage 2.

    We will try our best to provide a day that fits in with the teacher's requirements based on the range of activities set out in the Educational Programmes.

    We invite you to come on a learning adventure with us.

    Please note that programmes last for just over 4 hours including lunch for KS1 & 2. This will be adjusted for late arrivals.  

    Early Years & Foundation

    Half day 10am –12 noon

    Age 2-5 years (Maximum 30 pupils)

    Fauna - Habitats, classification, adaptation and ecosystems

    Explore the habitats at Woods Mill and the wildlife that can be found there. A hands-on day discovering mini-beasts, pond life and other UK animals.

    We provide a half day experience for our younger visitors

    Flora - Plant Cycles - seeds, growth, use, decay and carbon capture

    Discover the trees and plants at Woods Mill - games and activities to learn about the plant kingdom and why it is so important to us.

    We provide a half day experience for our younger visitors

    Forest School Taster Session

    Bring your group along to Woods Mill for a morning in the woods our Forest School leaders introduce activities to the group in order to stimulate interest in wildlife activities and confidence in being outdoors.

    Specific activities vary although typical examples will include;

    • Safe fire lighting and fire management
    • Simple cooking and hot drinks
    • Sculpture and pictures using woodland materials
    • Stories with themes on the natural world
    • Woodcraft activities using simple hand tools and natural resources such as green wood and other plant material
    • Natural play trails or rope trails
    • Den building with natural resources or tarpaulins
    • Games to promote environmental awareness

    Early Years and Foundation Stage - Itinerary:

    10am Arrivals - Meet and greet, your coach will have a specific coach parking bay for the duration of the trip

    Briefing and toilet stop at our classroom area (bags may be left here).

    10:20am - School Leaders will escort your class onto the reserve for a morning of hands on activities and games

    11:50am - Return to classroom

    Toilet stop – we will escort you to your coach

    12noon - Farewells

    Fauna - Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum Links:

    Understanding the World

    Explore the surrounding natural world, observations of animals and plants;

    Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around and contrasting environments, draw on experiences and what has been read in class;

    Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

    Flora - Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum Links:

    Understanding the World

    Explore the natural world, make observations of animals and plants;

    Know some similarities and differences between the natural world and contrasting environments, draw on their experiences and what has been read in class;

    Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world, including the seasons and changing states of matter. 


    Key Stage 1

    Full day 10am – 2.30pm.

    Years 1 and 2 (Max 60 pupils)

    Fauna - Habitats, classification, adaptation and ecosystems

    An immersive introduction to the world of UK animals with plenty of hands-on discovery and activities exploring the pond, woodland and meadow animals, how they thrive and what we can do to protect them.

    Flora - Plant Cycles - seeds, growth, use, decay and carbon capture

    A day in the woodland and meadows discovering how plants grow and thrive. Walks and investigations as well as interactive activities which include aspects of the carbon cycle. 

    Forest School Taster Session

    Bring your class along to Woods Mill for a morning in the woods our Forest School leaders introduce activities to the group in order to stimulate interest in wildlife activities and confidence in being outdoors. Specific activities vary although typical examples will include;

    • Safe fire lighting and fire management
    • Simple cooking and hot drinks
    • Sculpture and pictures using woodland materials
    • Stories with themes on the natural world
    • Woodcraft activities using simple hand tools and natural resources such as green wood and other plant material
    • Natural play trails or rope trails
    • Den building with natural resources or tarpaulins
    • Games to promote environmental awareness


    KS1 & 2 Stage - Itinerary:

    10am Arrivals – meet and greet, your coach will have a specific coach parking bay for the duration of the trip. Briefing and toilet stop at our classroom area (bags may be left here).

    10:20am - School Leaders will escort your class onto the reserve for a morning of hands on activities and games

    11:50am - Return to classroom

    Toilet stop

    12noon LUNCH

    12:30pm - School Leaders will escort your class onto the reserve for a morning of hands on activities and games

    2pm - Return to classrooms and Toilet trip

    2:15pm - Farewells

    Fauna KS1 Curriculum Links:

    Science curriculum links (Year 1)

    • Working scientifically
    • Animals, including humans
    • Seasonal changes

    Science curriculum links (Year 2)

    • Living things and their habitats
    • Animals, including humans 


    Flora KS1 Curriculum Links:

    Science curriculum links (Year 1)

    • Working scientifically
    • Plants
    • Seasonal changes

    Science curriculum links (Year 2)

    • Living things and their habitats
    • Plants

     

    Key Stage 2

    Full day 10am – 2.30pm.

    Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Max 60 pupils)

    Fauna - Habitats, classification, adaptation and ecosystems

      Gain a deeper understanding of food webs, categorising UK fauna and discovering habitats. An interactive day exploring ecosystems and biodiversity with thought-provoking activities including aspects of what we can do to help protect wildlife.

      Flora - Plant Cycles - seeds, growth, use, decay and carbon capture

      Plants, seed dispersal, growth and use. This day takes us on an exploration of our relationship with plants, including trees and their importance to the carbon cycle. We will discover why plants are so useful, how we have used them and what steps we can take to protect them.

      Forest School Taster Session

      Bring your class along to Woods Mill for a morning in the woods our Forest School leaders introduce activities to the group in order to stimulate interest in wildlife activities and confidence in being outdoors.

      Specific activities vary although typical examples will include;

      • Safe fire lighting and fire management
      • Simple cooking and hot drinks
      • Sculpture and pictures using woodland materials
      • Stories with themes on the natural world
      • Woodcraft activities using simple hand tools and natural resources such as green wood and other plant material
      • Natural play trails or rope trails
      • Den building with natural resources or tarpaulins
      • Games to promote environmental awareness

      KS1 & 2 Stage Trip Itinerary:

      10am Arrivals – meet and greet, your coach will have a specific coach parking bay for the duration of the trip

      Briefing and toilet stop at our classroom area (bags may be left here).

      10:20am - School Leaders will escort your class onto the reserve for a morning of hands on activities and thought provoking games

      11:50am - Return to classroom

      Toilet stop

      12noon LUNCH

      12:30pm - School Leaders will escort your class onto the reserve for an afternoon of hands on activities and thought provoking games

      2pm - Return to classrooms and Toilet trip

      2:15pm - Farewells

      Fauna - KS2 Curriculum Links:

      Science curriculum links (Years 3 and 4)

      • Working scientifically
      • Plants
      • Animals, including humans

      Science curriculum links (Years 5 and 6)

      • Working scientifically
      • Living things and their habitats
      • Evolution and inheritance


      Flora - KS2 Curriculum Links:

      Science curriculum links (Years 3 and 4)

      • Working scientifically
      • Plants
      • Rocks

      Science curriculum links (Years 5 and 6)

      • Working scientifically
      • Living things and their habitats
      • Evolution and inheritance
      • Plants
      • Rocks

       

      If you would like to arrange a pre-visit please click here