Learning

Learning about the grass we stand on © David Levenson, National Trust

Learning about the grass we stand on

River studies on the River Cole

Outdoor learning brings river studies to life © David Levenson, National Trust

Outdoor learning brings river studies to life

Discover how the river restoration project has impacted old meanders and flood meadows.

  • Undertake map work
  • Safe access for field work - flow rates, profiles, field sketches and river dipping
  • Compare and contrast the restored river and the mill leat
  • Half day course

Secrets and spies

The secret underground training base at Coleshill © Roger D Green

The secret underground training base at Coleshill

Experience a whole day preparing to go underground as Britain's secret Resistance, who trained at Coleshill during the Second World War.

Investigate codes, identify the traitor, find the ammo box and visit the underground Operational Base.

Camouflage and secrecy obligatory...

The organic vegetable plots

What have we here? Bug hunting at Coleshill © David Levenson, National Trust

What have we here? Bug hunting at Coleshill

A guided activity trail around Coleshill Organics.

Learn the principles of organic farming, get your hands dirty in the soil, bug hunt for beneficial insects.

  • Plot the gardens, learn how a box scheme works. Taste and test produce
  • Consider the environmental impact of food distribution and estimate food miles

The water mill

Visit a working watermill at Coleshill © David Levenson, National Trust

Visit a working watermill at Coleshill

Visit a working water mill.

Children's activities include using hand mill, interpretation and worksheets, willow weaving and dragon fly art.

This is a popular choice as an afternoon's activity following River Studies in the morning for primary schools.

Half day course.

Dairy and arable farms

Where does our milk come from? © David Levenson, National Trust

Where does our milk come from?

Explore the links between food and farming on a dairy and arable farm.

Meet the animals and discover what they eat and how they live. Follow the milk trail.

Compare inputs and outputs.

Compare conventional and organic systems of farming.

Half day course.

Park and woodlands

Out and about at Coleshill © David Levenson, National Trust

Out and about at Coleshill

Meet the trees in the park and woodlands. How healthy, how old and how high?

Habitats and who lives here and what evidence can we find.

Seed gathering sessions in autumn.

The Great Barn

Great Coxwell Barn © Robert Morris

Great Coxwell Barn

Materials and structures.

  • Discover why and how this 13th-century monastic barn was built
  • Use models to reconstruct the joints
  • Estimate and measure the proportions of the barn
  • Big Barn Art

Orienteering at Badbury Woods

Woodland fun at Badbury Clump © Roger D Green

Woodland fun at Badbury Clump

Orienteering using British Orienteering Federation designed maps, compasses, control points and punch cards.

The children pictured here are taking part in a team work den-building course.

White Horse Hill

Just some of the fun to be found in our tracker packs at White Horse Hill © Caroline Searle

Just some of the fun to be found in our tracker packs at White Horse Hill

Directed activities exploring history and habitats including education for sustainable development.

New information pack available.

Renewable energy

Icons showing different types of renewable energy © National Trust

Icons showing different types of renewable energy

Explore the potential for renewable energy from wind, water and the sun.

Design your own course

Tap into your pupils creativity with scarecrow building © Roger D Green

Tap into your pupils creativity with scarecrow building

Want something completely unique for your pupils?

Why not chat to our education officer to dream up a course meeting your special requirements?

From drama workshops to arts and crafts exhibitions, we can help you create a truly unforgettable day for your school or group.

Essential information for teachers

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

  • Gallery space for exhibitions of artwork generated from visits to the estate
  • Covered area available for picnic lunches
  • No admission charges for Education Group Members
  • Free preliminary visits for teachers
  • Education officer to assist with visit planning
  • Teacher's information pack with worksheets

School membership

To discover how easy it is for schools and groups to visit our places, check out our membership pages.

Education outside the classroom © John Millar

Education outside the classroom

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