Learning

A local school at Ashridge Wildwood Den © Colin Sturges

A local school at Ashridge Wildwood Den

Nature's classroom

Our activities for EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2, are all linked to the National Curriculum.
We also offer Key Stage 3 and 4 field trips to survey footpaths on the estate.
Ashridge also has great opportunities for self lead schools and other educational groups.
Give us a ring on 01442 851227 to find out more.

School visit activities

Habitats day

 © NT/Wicken Fen

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.

Art Attack

Ashridge art attack group © Kate Jarvis

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.

Forest school

50 Things: build a den © Kate Jarvis

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.

Orienteering

Orienteering © NTPL/Kate Jarvis

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)

Green plants

Ashridge child measuring a tree © NTPL/NTPL

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.

Footpath surveys

Ashridge child measuring a tree © NTPL/Lauran Wise

During this Geography field trip, students see for themselves the difference between managed and unmanaged paths at two of our 'honeypot' sites: the Monument Drive and Ivinghoe Beacon.

They measure the width of the paths and record them for comparison back in the classroom.

How to book

Ashridge red telephone

To book or discuss your school visit, or to notify us of a self-led visit please contact our learning and interpretation officer.

Phone: 01442 851227 option 2

Click here to email

 

Important information

Prices: March 2015 - February 2016, £4 per child for a day of activities. £1 per person to climb the Bridgewater Monument (free entry for education group members).
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.

Self-led school and group visits

Ashridge child measuring a tree

If you are planning a self -led visit please do tell us in advance so we can pass on any relevant information.

You can also hire the study base room in the visitor centre for up to 60 children or the forest school area in the woods.

 

Education Group Membership (EGM)

Education Group Membership is designed to allow education groups free entry to National Trust places across the country for self-led days out.

Email us for further details.

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