School activities

School activities

Rachel Bradshaw

Cheshire wildlife Trust Educational Services – Covid-19 update

Thank you for your interest in Cheshire Wildlife Trust educational services.

With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding when we will be able to resume our educational services due to the corona virus pandemic Cheshire Wildlife Trust have made the decision to put our school activities on pause, this is under continuous review. 

These unprecedented circumstances have given us a huge amount of scope for us to develop our environmental education offerings from forest school to wild beach days as well as explore new ways we can engage with children and young people.

We can’t wait to get out and continue delivering our high quality environmental education field trips and tailored sessions and look forward to seeing your school or community group soon.

 

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. 

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.

Forest School

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River studies: from source to sea

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Food, Farming and habitats

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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 (suitable for Yrs 5 and 6) – 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 night. The children will learn about tracks and signs left by nocturnal animals. This will lead to barn owl pellet dissection. The children will make a bat hat or a clay hedgehog to take home. Half day. KS1 Science & Art

Minibeast 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.

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 school, 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.

Trees throughout the seasons – The children will study the tress on their school grounds. They will learn how to identify them, work out how old they are why they are so important for wildlife and explore them through sensory activities and games. Half day session. CL - KS1 & 2. Science, Art, Maths and Literature.

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

We can also come to your school to deliver Forest School if you have a small area of woodland.
We are happy to develop workshops on request – simply contact us to discuss your requirements.
 

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Where we offer our education work

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Contact

For more information contact Rosie Mason: rmason@cheshirewt.org.uk or 01948 820728.

In these challenging times our work will still continue to defend local wildlife

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