Go Wild at Your School

Go Wild at Your School

Outreach programmes for Foundation, KS1 & 2

Why not ‘Go Wild’ in your school grounds with your local Wildlife Trust?

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Contact us

For more information about any of our education programmes or to book, please contact us on 01628 829574 ext. 214 or berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk

Minibeast safari by Helen Walsh

We look forward to seeing your school at Woolley Firs soon!

 

Family Fun

Nut hunting by BBOWT

We run various family events throughout the year during school holidays.

Partners

The transformation of this derelict Grade II listed stable block into a modern all-purpose education centre was possible thanks to the generosity of a number of Wildlife Trust members and funding from grant giving bodies and charitable trusts.

 

My Wild Neighbourhood

Photo by Phillip Shaw Hamilton

Thank you to The Southern Co-operative who are helping local children discover nature by supporting our Nature Tots programme in Berkshire!

With the help of The Southern Co-operative, the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is helping families to get outside and explore our wild neighbourhoods. Whether you live in a town or the country there are new wildlife experiences waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep. Spending time in green spaces makes us happier and healthier - and best of all is good fun.

Discover more and share your experiences on Twitter at #MyWildNeighbourhood.

Woolley Firs Environmental Education Centre

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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.

 

Our programmes

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.

 
 
 

Nature Explorers
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.

 

 

Sensational Senses
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!

 

 

Habitat Safari
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. 

 

 

 

New for 2016! Amazing Adaptations
KS2

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.

 

Contact us

For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01628 829574 ext. 214 or berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk.

Where to find us

Off the A4, 3 miles west of Maidenhead. Postcode: SL6 3LJ.


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Comments

    Brilliant! Nice selection of activities to engage the kids. Lovely, friendly staff. Children really enjoyed the visit.

    Monday 21st July 2014
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    A wonderful opportunity to put school learning into a context and explore the woods safely but freely with a purpose. Thank you

    Monday 21st July 2014
    by

    Perfectly pitched for our Reception children - a perfect first outing for them

    Monday 21st July 2014
    by

    Thank you so much for a fantastic 3 days at Woolley Firs. The children (and adults!) are still buzzing!!

    Monday 21st July 2014
    by

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to your team for such a lovely experience, you have given the children. They all loved it and are still talking about it now.

    Thursday 17th July 2014
    by

    This is the best school trip I have been on and I've been taking kids on school trips for 15 years

    Thursday 17th July 2014
    by

    Today was better than Legoland!

    Thursday 17th July 2014
    by

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Wild Woods Day

Saturday 1st October 2016,
10.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, nr Didcot

Come along to our wonderful woodland spectacular. We will be joined by a whole host of local wildlife groups offering games, crafts, activities and live animals.

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Brilliant! Nice selection of activities to engage the kids. Lovely, friendly staff. Children really enjoyed the visit.

Monday 21st July 2014
by

A wonderful opportunity to put school learning into a context and explore the woods safely but freely with a purpose. Thank you

Monday 21st July 2014
by

Perfectly pitched for our Reception children - a perfect first outing for them

Monday 21st July 2014
by

Thank you so much for a fantastic 3 days at Woolley Firs. The children (and adults!) are still buzzing!!

Monday 21st July 2014
by

I just wanted to say a big thank you to your team for such a lovely experience, you have given the children. They all loved it and are still talking about it now.

Thursday 17th July 2014
by

This is the best school trip I have been on and I've been taking kids on school trips for 15 years

Thursday 17th July 2014
by

Today was better than Legoland!

Thursday 17th July 2014
by