School visit activities
Through child-led activities children learn to respond to challenges, work with others and make decisions about managing risk in a safe, natural environment. Activities typically include building dens, natural art, hunting for minibeasts and finding evidence of larger animals.
The children hunt for minibeasts using pots, magnifiers and ID sheets. They go for a woodland walk, looking for signs of larger animals and dip nets into our pond to find aquatic minibeasts.
Inspired by the art of Andy Goldsworthy, children of all ages enjoy exploring the woodland and collecting natural materials to make a giant sculpture.
They work together to make their sculpture, then climb the Bridgewater Monument to view the finished artwork from above and take a photograph.
Orienteering is popular at the beginning of the autumn term as a team building activity for new students, alongside a half-day Art Attack session.
The children plot co-ordinates on a map then go out into the woods to walk the route in small groups (young children in groups with an adult)
In this session children learn about the different parts of a flower and a tree. They then walk through the woods with an identification guide, collecting leaves and seeds.
They calculate the age of young and mature trees by measuring their trunks. Then look at exposed root systems and scramble over a fallen tree.
During this Geography field trip, students see for themselves the difference between managed and unmanaged paths at two of our 'honeypot' sites: the Bridgewater Monument and Ivinghoe Beacon.
They measure the width of the paths and record them for comparison back in the classroom.
Important information for teachers
Prices: March 2014 - February 2015, £4.95 per child. Forest School sessions (2 hours with 15 children) £80.
We also offer a National Trust Education Group Membership which may be beneficial for your school or group.
Time: sessions typically run from 10am to 2.30pm
Numbers: maximum 60 children per session with an adult ratio of 1:5
Other information: All our activities take place out of doors. Toilets are adjacent to the classroom. Goodie bags are available from the shop if requested prior to visit.
If you are planning a self-led visit please advise us in advance, our study base is available to hire.