School activities

School activities

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is the leading nature charity in the region offering high quality environmental education field trips and tailored sessions for your school or community group.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust can offer your school or community group fantastic opportunities for outdoor learning at a range of locations across the county covering many aspects of the primary and secondary National Curriculum from EYFS, KS1 and KS2, KS3 and KS4 experiences.

We can offer a range of sites, from our own wildlife friendly farm to nature reserves and Country Parks, when we deliver our fantastic sessions. All of our sessions complement the National Curriculum, helping you to meet your targets. We also provide training for teachers.

Our team are passionate environmental educators, from experienced teachers to inspirational young Forest School leaders. We ensure all of your needs are met; from appropriate First Aid trained staff, to DBS checks and Risk Assessments for all of our activities.

We offer environmental education sessions and Forest School session at a range of sites across Cheshire.

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Inspirational outdoor education packages for school children

Pond dipping

The children will work in small groups collecting pond creatures and recording what they find. We will then study them in more depth on our big screen through a goose necked camera. 1½ hours. CL - KS1 & 2 Science.

Dragonfly workshop

This workshop will look closely into the life cycle of Dragon and Damselflies (hopefully we will have seen some during the morning). The children will make a dragonfly on a stick to take home. 1 hour. CL - KS2 Science & Art.

Creatures of the night workshop

This workshop will look at which creatures inhabit the habitats at Bickley Hall Farm at night and the children will make a bat hat or a clay hedgehog to take home. 1 hour. KS1 Science & Art.

Newt workshop

Seasonal March to June only - An interactive, ‘hands-on’ talk with live animals used to inform the children of the life cycle and lifestyle of our native newts. They are then given a unique opportunity to get ‘close up’ with a great crested newt as they are allowed to handle them carefully. 1 hour. CL - KS1 & 2 Science.

Mini-beast hunting

Using the farmland at Bickley Hall Farm the children will go on a Minibeast Hunt. They will search the grassland, hedges and trees using demonstrated collection techniques. 1 hour. KS1 & 2 Science. CL - KS1 & 2 Science.

Seasonal food on the farm

Looking at how the farm is providing food for both people and wildlife during the four seasons. The children will get a chance to cook something seasonal for their lunch. Half day. CL – Science and Food Technology.

Wild English

Throughout the seasons there are many opportunities to develop literacy skills outdoor. This session can include creating and telling stories and poetry inspired by the outdoor experience. A naturally framed piece of literature will be made to take home. Half day. CL – Literature.

Wild maths

Using the natural environment children will engage in a number of mathematical exercises to find out things like, how old a tree is, how tall a tree is, how we estimate wildlife populations in nature and how we use counting to help us identify species. Half day - CL Maths.

Natural art

Children will create many varied pieces of art using natural materials and the wonderful colours abundant in nature. Half day - CL Art.

Wild weather

The children will learn how to monitor and record weather conditions at Bickley Hall Farm, become a weather forecaster for a day and look at how weather affects people and wildlife. Half day. CL - KS1 & 2 Geography.

Environmental games

The environmental games session will reinforce the messages of the day and give the children a chance to apply what they have learnt in a fun way.

Green Christmas

This session will be a celebration of Christmas and its place in the natural world. The children will learn about how Christmas can be made more environmentally sustainable. Make green gifts such as nest boxes and bird feeders, turn recycled Christmas cards into gift boxes, new cards and labels and make Christmas decorations from natural materials. Half day. CL - Art and design, Design and technology.

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Cost:

Full day of activities - £250 for a group of up to 30 children
Half day of activities - £175 for a group of up to 30 children
Larger groups can be accommodated so if you would like to bring more children then please talk to us.

Our education work in Warrington at Moore Nature Reserve is supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery

Contact

For more information contact Jan Shone: jshone@cheshirewt.org.uk or 01948 820728.