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KS2 Onsite Sessions

Archery

(A supplement of £140/full day or £80/half day will apply).
This is a great opportunity for pupils to develop dexterity and coordination. Our target ranges are geared to each age group and students use bows and arrows to match their individual strength, size and age. This activity can be linked with a prehistoric theme.

Curriculum links:

  • History
  • PE.

Art in the Environment

We use the environment around you to create a natural masterpiece. Focusing on colour and form in the natural world can you use natural materials to create a large sculpture or picture in the woods? We explore questions around how/if the wood inspires us and look at  a number of other artists work.

Curriculum links:

  • Art1
  • Art2.
Darwin’s Walk

Discover plants the way Charles Darwin did. How can looking at plants help you find out about evolution? We explore nature and ask questions whilst walking around the woods, just like Charles Darwin did as a boy.

Curriculum links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci3 – Plants
  • Sci4 – Evolution.
Denbuilding

We will work in teams to design and construct a shelter using only what you find in the woods. Will you build your shelter in time?!

Curriculum links:

  • PE1 – Take Part in Team Games (KS2)
  • PE2 – Take Part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Challenges both Individually and Within a Team (KS2).

Green Man

We will find out about the legend of the Green Man and create a Green Man face. Sustainable development is a key issue which can be explored through the Green Man art and drama… How does your Green Man feel about the natural world today? Children will collect natural materials to design and create their own Green Man face to take back to school.

Curriculum links:

  • Art1
  • Art2.

Life Under The Leaves

Exploring what woodland minibeasts eat and how they are adapted to woodland life. We will focus on food chains and adaptation of woodland invertebrates. What clues do minibeasts give us about their habitats and food? We use microscopes to discover the secrets of a life under leaves.

Curriculum Links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci2 – Animals
  • Sci4 – Evolution
  • Ma1 – Number
  • Ma2 – Measurement
  • Ma3 – Statistics.
Minibeast Magic

Developing questions about woodland minibeasts and investigating the answers. We will focus on scientific enquiry and investigation. Is a beetle faster than a centipede? What does a woodlouse like to hide in? How would we be able to answer these questions?

Curriculum Links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci2 – Animals
  • Sci4 – Evolution
  • Ma1 – Number
  • Ma2 – Measurement.
Now Get Out Of That!

A series of motivating team building challenges. Can you work well as a team to complete a series of challenges? Decide what makes good teamwork and develop and demonstrate these skills through a selection of team challenges. There will be both time to develop skills and reflect/evaluate learning throughout this session.

Curriculum Links:

  • PE1 – Take Part in Team Games (KS2)
  • PE2 – Take Part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Challenges both Individually and Within a Team (KS2).

Orienteering

An exciting introduction to maps, compass points and orienteering. Can you use a compass to navigate your way around the Holt Hall woods without getting lost? We will use progressively challenging activities to learn basic map reading skills.  We can also include 4 and 6 digit grid references as part of the orienteering challenge for Y5/6 students.

Curriculum links:

  • Geo6 – Compass Points/Maps
  • Ma6 – Geometry
  • PE1 – Take Part in Team Games (KS2)
  • PE2 – Take Part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Challenges both Individually and Within a Team (KS2).
Plant Trail

Discover, identify and research information on plants. Students will focus on finding information about one plant. What hidden secrets does your plant hold? Add your page to the Holt Hall nature trail booklet that can be used with other visitors.

Curriculum links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci2 – Animals
  • Lit1 – Non-Fiction.
Power Of Plants

An enquiry into how plants survive. We will focus on a plant’s requirements, its life cycle and naming parts of a plant through a plant walk and dissection. We need plants to survive but what do plants need to survive?

Curriculum Links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci2 – Animals
  • Sci3 – Plants
  • Sci4 – Evolution.
Prehistoric Food/Stone Age Survival

An exciting new option – cooking food may have had a very significant impact on
prehistoric man and some believe that cooking actually helped man develop the large brain that we have today. What did people eat in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age? How did they cook? We investigate prehistoric food and prepare a Neolithic meal on camp fires.

Curriculum links:

  • History.

Raft Building

Work as a team to create a raft and test it on the lake. We will discover how to turn planks of wood, some rope and some barrels into a fully functioning raft! Can you think of the best design to use? Will you remember the knots you have just been shown? What teamwork skills will you need for this challenge? Can all of your team stay dry? Children will design and build their raft and then evaluate both their raft and their teamwork.

Curriculum Links:

  • PE1 – Take Part in Team Games (KS2)
  • PE2 – Take Part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Challenges both Individually and Within a Team (KS2).

Survival and Campfire Cooking

How well could you survive in the wild? We look at how we can cater for human beings basic needs; make a shelter, find out how to prepare and cook food and how to make water safe to drink. Can you suggest other skills you would want to learn if you were to survive on your own in the wilderness?

Curriculum Links:

  • PE1 – Take Part in Team Games (KS2)
  • PE2 – Take Part in Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Challenges both Individually and Within a Team (KS2).
Tremendous Trees

Enquiry based session in the ancient woodland. We will help provide information for the groundskeepers through an investigation into the age and size of trees around Holt Hall. How can maths help you find out about nature? How many ways can you measure a tree without climbing it?

Curriculum Links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci3 – Plants
  • Sci4 – Evolution
  • Ma1 – Number
  • Ma2 – Measurement
  • Ma3 – Statistics
  • Ma4 – Using and Applying Maths
  • Ma5 – Data Handling
  • Ma6 – Geometry.

Underwater Life

Exploring the invertebrate life in Holt Hall lake. We will collect invertebrates, use ID keys and microscopes and explore food chains and/or adaptation. What secrets lie beneath the calm surface of the Holt Hall Lake? How are invertebrates linked to water quality? What clues can the freshwater invertebrates give us about their habitats and food chains?

Curriculum Links:

  • Sci1 – Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Sci2 – Animals
  • Sci4 – Evolution
  • Ma1 – Number
  • Ma2 – Measurement
  • Ma3 – Statistics.

Wild Pots

Making clay pots with an animal theme. We will explore the grounds of Holt Hall and find tracks from different animals living there. Children will collect natural materials and create a ‘wild pot’ inspired by one of the animals that live at Holt Hall. What tracks might we find? How will your pot reflect your animal? These pots could be planted in back at school to start a mini sustainable garden.

Curriculum links:

  • Art1
  • Art2.
Woodland Exploration

We can use the woods for a wide number of activities of your choice – poetry, woodland games, art, self discovery, science trails, story telling, social development, the list goes on! Talk to one of our teachers to design a woodland session to suit your needs.

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