A journey of learning and discovery at Woolley Firs
Welcome to Woolley Firs
Welcome to our education centre in a historic stable block, with purpose-built dipping pond, tree trail, arable fields and recently-planted orchard which includes apple, pear and cherry trees.
Children can explore our 300 year-old farm and our varied woodland. The woodland is managed to encourage species such as stag beetle and brown long-eared bat; and we work with our farmer to provide havens for wildlife on the agricultural land.
We are open for pre-booked groups all year round. Trips usually run from 10–2.30, but can be flexible. We request a donation of £6 per child (£4 for Nature Explorers). Minimum donation per group £100.
The eight programmes offer links with the Early Years Framework or Science and Geography curricula, and all offer 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 (1/2 day programme)
An exciting programme of hands-on exploration and discovery. The perfect introduction to outdoor learning for your little ones. Children build confidence, practice communication, undertake physical challenges and develop their understanding of the world. They will enjoy a wildlife-themed adventure including magical sensory activities and creative fun. Let's see where the day's exploration takes us!
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
EYFS & Lower KS1
Children are invited by Teddy Edward to bring their teddies to have an adventure in the woods and learn the secrets of how wild animals survive. Put on a teddy disguise and help save the trees from the woodcutter! Exciting hands-on activities build confidence in being outdoors and help children understand the needs of life. Create a rainbow teddy using colours of the woodland to take home.
Reception & KS1
Experience the world through the eyes, noses, ears and paws of four different animals. Discover how moles find their way in the dark and learn about sparrowhawks' keen eyesight. Find out about badgers' brilliant sense of smell and the foxes fantastic hearing. Take part in a sensory scavenger hunt or a production of Nature's Theatre and hold baby insects to see their unusual sense organs up close!
KS1 & KS2
Investigate the creatures that live in Woolley Firs’ pond, meadow and woodland. Search for minibeasts with sweep nets and bug-hunting kits and go pond dipping. Meet the furry, feathery and scaly animals that make our farm their home. Learn about food chains and the adaptations of animals to these different habitats. Alternatively undertake Nature Detective training - hunt for clues and solve a mystery in the woods.
Minibeast Pick ‘n’ Mix
EYFS; KS1 & KS2
Meet a medley of minibeasts and learn what makes them different from the other animals inhabiting Woolley Firs.
- Options for KS1&2 include: minibeast identification (keys); lifecycles; pollination; food chains; and adaptation
- Early years options include: bug hunts; stories; learning to care for the little creatures; counting minibeast body parts; and creative fun
Fancy Plants and Tremendous Trees
KS1 & KS2
Learn about the lifecycle of plants: explore the woodland to find seeds and discover how they are dispersed; make a paper plant pot and sow seeds to watch them grow back at school; dissect flowers to find eggs, then dress up as a bee to pollinate a flower. The session also introduces tree identification using Smartphone apps and the importance of plants to humans.
Our Farm: Crops, Seeds, Birds & Bees
Upper KS1 & KS2
Find out about food production on the 300 year-old Woolley Firs farm – discover how the farmer helps wildlife and why wildlife is so important to our farmer. Play 'farm bingo' on a guided farm tour. Go bird-spotting, be a bee, see our crops growing and pick your own. Make muesli or flour or see how cooking oil is made. Meet the minibeasts that live in our fields and hedges. Have a go at worm-charming or meet the minibeasts that live in the farmer's fields and hedges.
Head out to search for clues about how Woolley Firs Farm has changed over time - from a tropical ocean to a land trodden by woolly rhinos and now an arable farm. This investigation provides the basis for a series of hands-on workshops looking at animal and plant adaptations to answer questions such as 'Why are sundews sticky?'. Learn about great tit song - a modern day example of evolution in action and how to 'ape' our closest animal cousin - the chimpanzee.
For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01628 829574 ext. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find us
Off the A4, 3 miles west of Maidenhead. Postcode: SL6 3LJ.
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