School Visits: Wildlife Superheroes

 

School Workshops for All Ages

After a really busy Summer term 2018, we are now open again for educational visit bookings for the whole of the 2018/2019 school year as part of our Wildlife Superheroes project. All sessions for schools cost £50 and are focused on one of three areas:

  • Meadows and Pollinators
  • Water and Aquatic Life
  • Trees and Woodlands

At the end of each session, each class will commit to a Wildlife Rescue Task to complete back at school or in the local community. This could be something like designing a poster about saving water, making a bug hotel, planting some bee friendly plants, or surveying trees in a local park. Schools are required to feed back to us on how their Wildlife Rescue Task has gone. On completion of their task, the children will receive a certificate for their Wildlife mini heroes award.

Here are some examples of workshops we will be running, but we are keen to link in with what classes are learning about in school. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to discuss your requirements.

In addition to the sessions below, we are also offering a few Autumn/Winter themed workshops:

  • Evergreen and deciduous – learn about the difference between these two types of trees.
  • Berry painting – use berries from the garden to make paint and create a work of art.
  • Hedgehog hibernation challenge – which team can keep a ‘hedgehog’ the warmest by making a hibernation nest?
  • Wreath making – use willow and foliage from the garden to make a beautiful Christmas wreath each to take home. Learn about different kinds of plants in the garden.

 

Workshops on offer:

Meadows and Pollinators

For Foundation Stage and KS1

  • Be a bee: A chance to explore the garden through the eyes of a honey bee. Visit our bee hives and learn some fascinating facts about bees. Plant a sunflower to take back to school.
  • Plant party: Walk around the garden and learn the names of plants, including trees. Find out about the structure of plants and what plants need to grow. Use natural resources to create a picture of a flower.

 

For KS2

  • Fantastic Flowers: Look at the different parts of a plant and learn about the role of flowers in attracting bees. Make a potion using plants from the garden. Find out why smells and colours are important to flowers. Plant some scented herbs to take back to school.
  • Plant detectives: Be a plant hunter, finding seasonal plants and flowers in the garden. Learn about the life cycle of plants, including pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. Have a go at pollinating flowers yourself.

 

Water and Aquatic Life

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For Foundation Stage and KS1

  • Pond dipping: What can you find in our pond? Meet some of the creatures who live in our pond. Make a creature from our pond using natural resources.
  • Pond detectives: See how many species you can find in our pond. Record different species in a tally and find out about one creature in more detail.

For KS2

  • How clean is our pond?: Pond dipping. Use binary codes to identify creatures. Talk about causes of pollution to water courses. Work out how clean our pond is. Talk about the causes of pollution to water courses. Work out how clean our pond is. Find out more about one of the creatures in our pond.
  • Newt Lives: Pond dipping. Come and meet our resident amphibians. Find out how they live and learn about their life cycle. What’s on the menu? Survey the garden for food sources. Play food chain tag!

 

Trees and Woodland

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For Foundation Stage and KS1

  • Minibeast Superheroes: Meet the amazing minibeasts in our woodland and find out some fascinating facts about them. Go on a minibeast hunt of your very own.
  • Trees mean homes: Track down some of the different trees in the garden. See if you can identify them by their leaves. Think about which animals live in the woods. Maybe find out more about a particular animal? Make your own habitat for a woodland creature.

 

For KS2

  • Tree trails: Read the descriptions and follow our tree trail. Survey and classify the trees. How many different species are there? Think about the interdependency between plants and animals.

 

  • Habitat heaven: Find different birds in our lovely garden in our bird treasure hunt. Learn about the wonderful habitat our woods provide. See if you can recognise birds by their calls and find out what they like to eat.

 

Teachers’ comments from the Summer term 2018:

“It was brilliant. There was lots to do. The timing was short and snappy which meant children kept focused and were fully engaged.”

“Children and staff had a fantastic visit, Rosie was amazing! Thank you so much.”

“They enjoyed all of it. Most popular was the bee game. I have never seen my class so calm.”

“It perfectly supported our plant (Science) and geography (compass points) work. Waggle dance was a fun addition.”

 

Comments from children:

“Best visit ever!”

“I love this place.”

“It was fun and I learnt loads, even though I fell over.”

“Best day of my life.”

 

Visit Information:

Each class can attend up to three sessions in total at the garden (each with a follow up Wildlife Rescue Task and certificate).

Each session costs £50.  Sessions at the garden can be half days (9.45-11.45) or full days (9.45-2.15) and are available from now until June 2019.

All sessions and Wildlife Rescue Tasks will be planned in conjunction with the class teacher to ensure they fit in with the class’s planning wherever possible. We are also able to offer free resources and support to each class to complete their Wildlife Rescue Tasks.

For further information and to book sessions, please contact Rosie on 0191 200 4706 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This project is only possible thanks to our funders: Awards for All from the Big Lottery; Branching Out from Northumbrian Water; The Heritage Lottery Fund; and The Postcode Local Trust.

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To book a visit please contact Rosie on 0191 2004706 or RosieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.