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Ecology Explorers

From the smallest bug to the largest tree, EVERYTHING is connected.

Children will learn to read the invisible connections between the living things around them, using their observations and ideas to fuel the answers to their own questions about how ecosystems function. They will go on a journey to a wild space where they will discover concepts including; producers & consumers, predator-prey relationships, food chains & webs, photosynthesis, plant and animal life-cycles from the forest floor to the highest tree tops.

Children will be invited to notice patterns and relationships in nature, to learn about nature’s processes, to identify common trees and plants and to make discoveries for themselves which will become part of their very own Nature Museum. Through roleplay they will gain empathy for living things around them as they experience what happens when our ecosystems come under attack.

Children will also learn:

Investigation

To investigate habitats, categorise animals and use keys to identify plants & trees.

Animal Identification

To identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Observation

To observe plants and animals closely, using simple equipment.

Life

To know the difference between living, dead and never been alive.

Roleplay

To express their ideas and emotions through roleplay.

Environmental impact

To understand and consider the impact of their actions on their environment.

This session can be adapted to a range of habitats depending on your school’s local area. We can host an Ecology Explorers session in woodland, meadow, farmland, moorland and coast. Ask us about bringing this workshop to a wild space near you or come to us at one of our fantastic outdoors venues.
Get in touch with us to book your Ecology Explorers session today.

LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM

You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

“James took full charge of our forest school activities during our charity fun day and was very organised. The forest school was full at all times with the children and parents exploring the various activities provided from bug hunting and making magic wands to making apple crumble on the stove, which was delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the forest school and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces, particularly when James started playing his mandolin having a little sing along.”

Dawn Lloyd-Jones

Smarties Nursery
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