Learning

Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw

Moorland Discovery Centre is a great place for group hire © Robert Morris

Moorland Discovery Centre is a great place for group hire

The centre is a sustainably built lifelong learning centre, aimed at providing groups of all ages the opportunity to experience our wonderful moorland in the Peak District National Park.

The building is physically located at Longshaw but our learning teams cover the Dark Peak area as well and can take education groups to both places.

The centre is run in partnership between the National Trust and the Peak District National Park Authority on behalf of the Moors for the Future Partnership.

What we offer

Moorland Discovery Centre is a great place for group hire © Robert Morris

Moorland Discovery Centre is a great place for group hire

  • Fun and engaging primary school programmes, linked to English, Geography, Art & Design, Science and much more
  • INSET and professional training for teachers
  • Community Group Visits
  • Bespoke programmes
  • Self-led programmes – Northern Hairy Wood Ant trail, natural play trail

The award-winning centre is also available for corporate hire.

Introductory programmes

Ponds are home to all sorts of wonderful creatures

An introduction to the Peak District and Longshaw for any key stage can be either a short interactive talk or a walk combining fun and creative activities. Walks are designed as a ‘taster’ leading to further visits.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Discover the mischievous Boggart creatures that make the peaks their home

Discover the mischievous Boggart creatures that make the peaks their home

Natural Crafts: This wonderful day combines sensory games with simple art activities using natural materials collected by the children.

Boggarts of the Moor: A magical day exploring the environment through the imaginary world of boggarts! Pupils take part in a variety of fun, environmental and sensory activities and make their own boggarts from clay and natural materials.

A Gruffalo Story: A day full of creative play and wildlife discovery meeting the animals and mini beasts of the moors and woodland and thinking about their needs for survival (shelter, water, air, food).

Key Stage 2

Learn all about the landscape in the Dark Peak

Learn all about the landscape in the Dark Peak

Discovering rivers: After a morning walk looking at a range of river features, schools can choose between carrying out river measurements or investigating freshwater wildlife.

Rocks and soils: Explore the world of rocks and soils in a practical day of hands-on activities. Pupils investigate rocks and soils in the environment before looking at how man has used rocks or creating soil art.

Habitats: Moorland, woodland and freshwater: Study one habitat or pick two to make a full day. Whichever habitat you choose, pupils will work with simple field equipment as well as learning about food chains and adaptations in a fun and stimulating way.

Inspired by the Wild: Discover the Peak District landscape as a stimulus for creating their own piece of literacy (story or poem) or art work.

Guestbook

  • 'A fantastic day that was relevant to our topic. The children loved every minute. Well-planned, well-thought-out activities that were so appropriate to our age group.' Oughtibridge Primary
  • 'Both children and parents absolutely loved it. Very impressed with the facilities and the organisation.' Nether Green Infants
  • 'A fantastic resource that we will make very good use of this year. We will be back but with children next time!' Wybourn Primary
  • 'A wonderful environment to learn in and explore!' Valley Park Primary
There are over 200 volunteers across the Peak District Estate © National Trust

There are over 200 volunteers across the Peak District Estate

Planning a visit

To book your visit or for further details please contact us:

Phone: 01433 637907

Email

Address: Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate, Sheffield, S11 7TZ

Further information or a copy of our free teachers' pack full of games, tips and follow-up ideas can also be found on our website.

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