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Outreach

Many schools visit Wat Tyler Country Park during the peak summer term. Whilst you are most welcome to visit us off-peak, we are able to bring our education to you at this quieter time of year (November to February).

We can deliver a range of activities either based in the classroom, or weather permitting, in your school grounds. Choose from a range of activities below or contact us for more bespoke requirements. 

Heritage Crafts (KS1/2)

Coil pots, corn dollies, Tudor brick-making, wattle and daubing, spinning and weaving, beeswax candles, kite-making (additional materials charge of £1.15 per child applies)

Teddy Bear's Picnic (EYR/Yr1)

This programme focuses on the needs of wild animals through their love of their own teddy-bear, (or other cuddly toy). Children bring their toy animal to school to help them learn the secret of SWAF (shelter, water, air and food) that is essential to the survival of all animals. Children listen to/read the big-book story of teddy bears; test their own senses to understand how animals cope with life in the wild; follow a teddy paw-print trail to their teddy bear picnic lunch, play Teddy Bear Tag and visit Teddy Bear Island to build a shelter for their Teddy's.

Animal Adaptations (Mammals, Birds, Minibeast and Pond Creatures - KS1/2)

Discuss the ecology of pond and/or terrestrial habitats; play the "Pond Bingo" sorting game; carry out their own 'research' into their animal and create a "Passport" for their creature.

Exploring through Art (KS1/2)

Hedgehog Trail: Children are given a ball of clay to fashion into a hedgehog shape. They then have to follow a trail laid out around the school to find clues (set to poetry) to help them find the items required to make their own hedgehog's eyes, ears, nose, mouth, whiskers, tail and spines (using plant parts from the school grounds).

Observing the environment through our senses: Art requires children to use the full range of senses to experience the world around them, before committing to a piece of art. They carry out a series of sensory games including "Smelly Cocktails", "Bird Song game", "Fingernails of Colour", "Meet a Tree".

Discovering Shape, Texture and Colour: Children are reminded of the variety of shapes, colours and textures that can be observed in nature. These are explored through the collection of natural materials to create a piece of collaborative 2-D art either outside or in the classroom. Time permitting, there is the option of creating a collaborative desk-top piece of art using collected materials and clay.

Team Challenge (KS2)

Working in groups of 6 or 7 the children have to devise the solutions to a number of physical and mental challenges, including the memory testing "Vortex" and the team coordination "Caterpillar", to name two.

 

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