Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre (SCEEC) by BBOWT
Take a journey of learning and discovery at Sutton Courtenay.
Children experience nature for themselves on our beautiful 19-acre nature reserve. With woodland, meadow, ponds and a wildlife garden, Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre is a haven for wildlife and an exhilarating green space for your pupils to enjoy. Our award-winning centre is packed with brilliant eco-features from a sedum roof and solar panels to recycled floors. We even recycle our rainwater.
We are open for pre-booked groups all year round. Trips usually run from 10–2.30, but can be flexible. We charge £6 per child (£4 for Nature Explorers) Adults are free. Minimum charge £100 per group.
All our programmes offer links with Science and Geography, and excellent opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills. Each programme will be tailored to the age and ability of your group. There will be a variety of activities to help children learn in different ways, with lots of opportunities for hands-on engagement at a range of levels.
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EYFS (half day programme)
Jump into an action packed session introducing the fantastic natural world to your little ones. Explore the outdoors through a variety of games, hands-on activities and sensory experiences. The session will develop their understanding of the natural world. Choose from one of three options:
- Teddy bears picnic in which the children will develop knowledge of the needs of life.
- Woodland adventure find out what animals live in the woods.
Bugs and beasties discover the fascinating world of minibeasts.
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Reception and Lower KS1
A great introduction to enjoying the outdoors, this programme teaches and encourages respect for the natural world. Children bring their teddies to a special picnic in the woods and learn about the basic needs of life – shelter,water, air and food. Favourite teddy bear essential!
Foundation – Key Stage 1
A whole new way of experiencing nature. Children will meet some of our local animals and discover how they use their super-senses to help them survive and find food. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore, plus a trip to our amazing 'Nature's Theatre'.
Key stage 1
These programmes involves plenty of fun and hands-on activities to highlight the important changes taking place in the natural world at different times of the year. Choose from ‘Getting Ready for Winter’, Spring into Spring' and 'Summer Fun'.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Join us for an exciting day of discovery. Choose 3 sessions from:
- Sensory Nature Walk (experience sights, smells, sounds and touches)
- Pond Dipping ( hands on exploration of the pond).
- Minibeast Hunt ( hunt for minibeast in either the woodland or the meadow).
- Life cycles ( meet our beetle larvae and complete the lifecycle challenge)
- Micro-parks ( create mini nature parks in the woods).
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Enter the world of flowers and trees and find out just how important plants are to our everyday lives. We follow the lifecycle of a plant from seed to seed, learning through games and hands on activities. Then complete the Tree ID challenge - how many can you identify?
Key Stage 2
Through walks, simple role-play, discussion and debate, immerse your children in the roles of plants and animals that live at Sutton Courtenay. What will happen when one of the habitats becomes polluted? This programme investigates how wildlife is interconnected, adapted to its surroundings and needs protection. We also consider ways to tread lightly on the earth with our Eco-building challenge.
Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
This programme provides an in-depth look at our aquatic, woodland and meadow habitats. Pupils will have the chance to use different sampling techniques, undertake population studies, investigate species adaptation and learn about food chains.
For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01235 862024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find us
Milton Park Estate, off the A34, 3 miles north of Didcot. Postcode: OX14 4TE.
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