Each programme has been designed with a theme and a structure in order to engage pupils and encourage the development of a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. Our programmes of study apply aspects of the National Curriculum for Science by providing practical activities and opportunities for observations at first hand, allowing pupils to work scientifically to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding.
The curriculum links for Science are shown under each programme. In addition to these, the programmes include aspects of Geography, English, and Mathematics, and contribute to pupils’ personal, social, health and economic development (PSHE).For full details of the activities please email the People & Wildlife Bookings Officer
An exploration of the amazing properties of plants.
Follow the lakeside trail as we discover what types of plants live here and find out what they need to grow and stay healthy. On our journey we will look out for signs of the changing seasons and think about how the weather affects how plants grow. Pupils take part in making a paper plant pot and planting a seed to take care of and observe how it grows at home. In the wildlife garden we will find out what is growing and create a ‘wacky vegetable’ plant to help us learn the structure of a plant. We will explore and play games in the wood and meet a tree; the largest plant on the reserve.
Science: Working scientifically; Plants; Seasonal changes; Living things and their habitats
Home Sweet Home
Journey around the reserve to discover which creatures live there and what they need to find in their home to survive.
Using the wildlife map children explore woodland, garden, pond and lakeside habitats; identifying the special plants and animals living in each one and learning about their different needs. On our journey we will look out for signs of the changing seasons and think about the affects of the weather on plant and animal survival. We will investigate micro-habitats in the pond and under logs using magnifying glasses to have close encounters with the animals that live there. Throughout the day, games and activities reinforce learning and promote discussion on how to create habitats to help wildlife at home and in school grounds.
Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats, Animals, including humans, Plants, Seasonal changes
Mathematics in the Environment
Pupils will explore the woodland, meadow, pond and garden looking for mathematical links in the natural world around us. Hands on activities and games will encourage pupils to develop their practical mathematical skills. We will investigate natural and manufactured shapes around the lake and in the woods, explore patterns and symmetry, collect and record pond creatures, creating bar charts of the results and discover facts about trees.
Activities are designed to apply the Primary Mathematics Curriculum: Looking at number and place value, addition and subtraction; measurement looking at mass/weight, lengths and heights; geometry looking at properties of shapes, and position and direction.
Wild in the Woods
Bring your class to Woods Mill this autumn for an adventure in the woodland they’ll never forget. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to light a camp fire, build a shelter and use hand tools to make a wooden medallion to take home with them. Our activities and games are designed to encourage the children to explore the woodland habitat, and improve their confidence, cooperation skills and knowledge of the world around them.