Education Centre Workshops

Education Centre workshops

In addition to our workshops delivered in school grounds, we have a wider range of sessions that are delivered at our purpose-built Education Centre set in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Using our extensive grounds, specialised knowledge and innovative lesson plans we can provide you with exciting interactive sessions which are designed to develop cross-curricula learning.

The Centre has an extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities for both teachers and children ensuring that your surroundings are comfortable and inspiring.

Great Grounds Education – Our Ethos

Great Grounds prides itself in inspiring children and teachers to enjoy learning outside the classroom. We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.  We have developed a range of workshops that can be delivered in your school grounds or at our own centre of excellence. Our Workshops have a strong emphasis on cross-curricular teaching, providing pupils with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links whilst enhancing their learning across other subjects. Our professionally delivered training sessions will enrich your schools’ quality of education with well-planned and presented interactive workshops.

‘When properly thought out and conceived, outdoor education allows learners opportunities to develop their learning inside the classroom’ (DfES, 2006). We believe that outdoor learning will offer the most important chance for disengaged pupils or those with poor concentration to find focus through direct and emotionally stimulating experiences.

We pay close attention to the Kolb learning model and experiential learning theory to provide the best learning outcomes for children. Learning is a process of change in an individual and is based on direct experience, It involves action, reflection, abstraction and application. Learning will result in the reflection of direct experience and then the formation of new abstractions and applications. Direct experiences offer the most opportunities for learning and the development of emotional and moral learning. It offers stimulation of numerous senses including touching, seeing hearing and experience. Our workshops utilise as many senses as possible which is important for the synthesis of learning and research has shown this ‘sensory soup’ as the most beneficial learning outcome irrespective of subject matter.

There have been proven social and emotional benefits from learning outside the classroom lasting as little as 10 minutes and there is documented evidence that even a small-time outside can improve cognitive function and concentration. This is also evident in pupils with ADHD and has been found to improved concentration when in or surrounded by a natural environment.

Teachers gain confidence in delivering lessons outside the classroom which can improve their teaching across a number of other areas. To achieve long-term benefits, this interaction needs to be prolonged and therefore, by offering teachers the tools and confidence to continue outdoor work through collaboration, resource sharing and CDP Great Grounds offers a high value and effective package. We achieve this by offering teacher and LSA training in outdoor learning and involving them. Dr Jo Barton said –“we need to make sure that children are exposed to nature because not being is having an impact on their cognitive function, behaviour, health and wellbeing” (Juniper, 2015).

All our workshops can either be hall day sessions or full day sessions ranging from 9:00 – 15:00. We tailor all our workshops to suit all ages, key stages and abilities and can adapt them to other areas of the curriculum or topic if you have something in mind. For prices and lesson plans please get in touch by email or phone.


Tree workshop

In this workshop, the children will discover the job of a tree surgeon with working demonstrations of chainsaws, chippers and other tree surgery tools. We seamlessly link curriculum and other subjects including Eco-Schools topics to the sessions, providing a fun and exciting interactive learning experience.

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of trees in the environment to produce healthy forests
Maths – Working out the age of trees
Geography – Placing trees on a map of the school using grid references
English – Using the words of different trees and descriptive words
Science – Identification of trees, characteristics of trees and pathogens


Bug and woodland creatures hunt

On our bug and woodland creature hunt the children will become wildlife rangers and learn how even the smallest of creatures, like snails, are vital to our ecosystems. We will take a walk through our 25 acres of woodland and meadows hunting for bugs and woodland animals whilst learning how to build habitats and homes for not just in the woodlands but also in your home and schools.

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of habitats in the environment to produce a thriving ecosystem
Maths – Working out the how far the territory is in miles/meters
Geography – Placing the territory of badgers and other wildlife found on a map of the school/Education Centre using grid references
English – Use discussion in order to learn; they will have the chance to elaborate, explain clearly and become competent in their understanding and ideas, speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debates based around wildlife habitats, life cycles and orienteering
Science – Identification of bugs and small woodland creatures, life cycles and habitats and ecosystems
Orienteering – Navigating the territory of animals on a map


Bird hunt

In this workshop we become joiners and discover the tools and techniques they use. We will be building bird boxes using real tools and putting these into your school grounds or taking them back to your school. We will also go on a bird watching expedition around your school grounds or our Education Centre’s 25 acres of woodland and meadows.

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of habitats in the environment to produce a thriving ecosystem
Maths – measuring the bird box to work out the area inside them.
Geography – Placing the bird box we have put up on a map of the school/Education Centre using grid references
English – use discussion in order to learn; they will have the chance to elaborate, explain clearly and become competent in their understanding and ideas, speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debates based around wildlife habitats and life cycles.
Science – Identification of different birds, life cycles and habitats and ecosystems
Joinery – using real tools to build bird boxes


Pond dipping and pond ecology

In our pond dipping workshop children will look at the jobs relating to the environment agency, the river trust and aquatic and marine biologist. We will go pond dipping in both our stagnant and spring fed ponds looking at the aquatic life and discuss the differences in then.

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of habitats in the environment to produce a thriving ecosystem
Maths – Measuring the depths, volumes and areas
Geography – Working out on a map where fish and other water creatures could have come from
English – Use discussion in order to learn; they will have the chance to elaborate, explain clearly and become competent in their understanding and ideas, speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debates based around wildlife habitats and life cycles
Science – Identification of different creatures by characteristics, life cycles, habitats, ecosystems pond ecology


Nature walk

Along our nature walk, the children will become a forest ranger and learn how they work with the forest to create sustainable environments and ecosystems within the forest. We will take a walk through our 25 acres of woodland and meadows hunting for bugs and woodland animals, looking at the mushrooms and fungi around the forest floor, looking at the pond life and looking at the different types of trees in our woodland. We will learn how to build habitats and homes for not just in the woodlands but also in your home and schools and build brash lines in our forest.

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of habitats in the environment to produce a thriving ecosystem
Maths – measuring the depths, volumes and areas, working out the how far in miles/meters the territories are and Working out the age of trees
Geography – working out on a map where fish and other water creatures could have come from and Placing the territory of badgers and other wildlife found on a map of the school/Education Centre using grid references
English – use discussion in order to learn; they will have the chance to elaborate, explain clearly and become competent in their understanding and ideas, speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debates based around wildlife habitats and life cycles
Science – Identification of different creatures by characteristics, life cycles, habitats, ecosystems pond ecology, trees and pathogens


Planting

The planting workshop looks at jobs relating to gardeners or farmers. We will discuss the uses of plants by humans in history and how plants create specific habitats and ecosystems for wildlife. We can create these beautiful habitats in your school grounds or at our Education Centre. Our beautiful gardens can either be based around;

  • Insect gardens
  • Herb gardens
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Wildflower gardens

Curriculum Links

Sustainability – Management of habitats in the environment to produce a thriving ecosystem Maths – Working out area and how many plants it will task to cover a certain area when given a predetermined distance between the plants. History – we will learn about uses for plants by our ancestors English – use discussion in order to learn; they will have the chance to elaborate, explain clearly and become competent in their understanding and ideas, speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate based around wildlife habitats, life cycles, ecosystems and the history of plants and human use of them Science – Identification of plants, life cycles and habitats and ecosystems

Live projects

There will be continuous live projects going on around the Education Centre from dry stone wall building, pond extension, tree house building and log cabins being built. Our live projects will connect skilled trades, curriculum and activities to the project at the time.


Get in touch

If you’ve a project to discuss, some maintenance we can help with, or you’d like to find out more about our innovative approach…drop us a line.

 

Head Office

Tel: 0161 483 1781
Unit 12, Lindsays Ind. Estate
Oakfield Rd, Davenport
Stockport, Cheshire
SK3 8SG

Education Centre

Tel: 01782 48 00 48
Oak Tree Farm
Tickhill Lane

DilhorneStaffordshire 
ST10 2PL