Upper Key Stage 2 Programme

Truleigh Hill to Woods Mill

People and wildlife in the landscape: A walk from Truleigh Hill to Woods Mill

This exciting programme allows pupils to explore themes within both science and geography, with some historical evidence, during a walk through the Sussex Landscape from the Downs to the Weald.

The route gives a clear perspective of the physical and human processes at work in the landscape from the coastal plain, across the Downs and into the Weald.

Pupils will take part in a range of practical activities helping them to understand varied habitats including chalk grassland, woodland, farmed pasture and land which is managed specifically for wildlife on the Woods Mill Nature Reserve. They will look at the variation of plants and animals in these habitats, and consider some of the physical factors affecting distribution.

The programme is suitable for years 5, 6, 7 and 8 with a maximum group size of 30, or one class.

Groups will be met outside Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel in the morning, with the transport to pick the group up at Woods Mill Nature Reserve at the end of the day, pick up time from 2.30.

Science: Working scientifically, asking questions, examining and interpreting data, living things in their habitats and adaptation; soil structure; relationships in an ecosystem.

Geography: Interpretation of a range of geographical information from maps, aerial photographs; human geography including land use, natural resources, human settlement, populations and economic activity; use of points of the compass and bearings, grid references, symbols and keys; fieldwork recording including sketch maps, plans and digital recording; rocks and soils.

Working Scientifically

Working Scientifically to Investigate Life Processes

This programme takes an in depth look at how living things work. The day will be divided into two sessions one focussing on freshwater habitats, the other on woodland or grassland.

An investigation into populations of pond and stream creatures will give insights into the life cycles of these animals, their feeding relationships and the different ways in which they are adapted to their environment. Using the interactive microscopes, pupils will look closely at some of these adaptations.

On land, pupils will investigate the inter-relationship between trees and other plants and animals in the woodland, recording data on light and temperature levels. Sweep-netting in the meadow and investigating the hedgerow, at suitable times of year, will reveal the different insect populations in these two habitats.

The main emphasis of the day is on hands-on practical activity and games. We will be recording information and evaluating results of our investigations, and you will be able to take the data back to school for further analysis and investigation. The programme is most suitable for years 5, 6 and 7.

Science: Asking questions and planning different enquiries to answer them, making predictions, taking measurements, making careful and systematic observations, examining and interpreting data; living things in their habitats and adaptation; relationships in an ecosystem.

Elements of the Geography, Mathematics and Computing programmes of study are also covered.

In addition –

This programme can be designed to link in specifically with your particular school topic. Please contact the Schools Officer to discuss the possibilities.