Education – learning & exploring

Take a look at our Learning Leaflet – it’s time to book your School visit at Wandlebury – NOW.

Wandlebury Country Park is the perfect place for learning and education. Season by season there is no classroom quite like it. Groups of all ages from across Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties visit the site to take part in practical, fun-filled activities that teach them about the environment, nature and history.

Throughout the year our experienced, enthusiastic team of field teachers and rangers welcome nursery, school, college, university and adult learning groups for full and half day sessions where the emphasis is always on hands-on investigations and activities in the open air.

We are a popular education destination for parents home schooling their children, youth groups, out of school clubs and adult learners from evening classes and local businesses.

Alongside nature and wildlife events there are also a variety of art, musical and literary events at our sites designed specifically for individuals and families.

For schools

Our education programme for schools and colleges was established around the start of the millennium and has gone from strength to strength, earning us a prestigious ‘Learning Outside of the Classroom Quality Badge’. While much of our work is focused on wildlife, the environment and geography we do also stage history events – drawing on Wandlebury’s Iron Age roots.

Working closely with teachers from local schools we have devised an education programme that is closely aligned to the national curriculum and the learning requirements of children at each of the different key stage phases. If you’d like to book a visit for students, fill out the form below or call the office for an informal chat with one of the team – 01223 243830. You can also take a look at our dedicated education leaflet.

Pre-school / reception

• Story led hands on nature investigations

• Discover local plants and animals through songs and art

• Bring along a toy animal friend for a wonder along our Woodland Animal Trail

• Look for signs of the seasons to see how nature prepares for every stage

KS 1: (Five years +)

• Activity based walks and nature trails

• Hands-on investigations comparing grass and woodland habitats

• Learn what plants and animals need to survive

• Observe life cycles and food chains

• Learn about bees and look at our observation beehive

• Take part in pond investigations

• Be inspired by nature and get creative with art and sculpture activities using different mediums

KS 2: (Seven years +)

As Key Stage 1 plus:

  • Orienteering sessions to improve map reading and build confidence
  • Archery taster sessions
  • Iron Age and history programme

KS 3-4, BTEC, 6th form

• Ecological sampling

• Mapping of woodland, grassland and pond habitats

• Data collection using transects and quadrants

• Plant identification / invertebrate collection focused on biodiversity and food chains / webs

• Guided walks looking at site management, sustainability and habitat enhancement

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For groups

We offer groups of all ages and sizes a range of tailored learning activities. From Brownies and Scouts to youth groups, home educators, out of school clubs and adult learners, there is something available for everyone thanks to our highly experienced teaching team.

We’ll work with you to develop an event plan designed to meet the needs of your group. Typical activities include:

  • Guided walks and talks on the history, archaeology, habitats and management of Wandlebury
  • Pond dipping and mini-beast hunts, woodland animal trail and seasonal studies
  • Orienteering
  • Art activities
  • Archery
  • Iron age themed activities

Groups are also welcome to visit our green spaces for self-led activities. However you must book with us in advance. All this means is that you must let us know when you are planning to come at least 72 hours beforehand, complete our standard booking form, and give a small donation per person. That way we can ensure that there is adequate space for everyone who wants to enjoy our open spaces and everything they have to offer.

Woodmice Toddler Group

A good example of the sort of groups who can use the Country Park is The Woodmice Toddler Group. Set up a number of years ago they came to the Park from Cambridge twice a week during term time – whatever the weather! At their sessions parents, carers and their children spent around an hour walking, running, exploring and investigating whatever drew the children in. That might be rolling conkers down a slope, making dragons from chalk and tree roots, or creating monsters out of mud! Many from the group still visit the Park regularly.

After an hour of activity the group would find a sheltered spot for a picnic: jacket potatoes in cold weather; bread, cheese and fruit when it’s warm. They might also include a puppet story, a recap of what’s been learnt; and a song! Some of the parents and carers involved have continued their regular visits to Wandlebury even though the more formal group no longer does so.

For individuals / families

Search our full event listings to find out what’s on at our properties in and around Cambridge. We run a packed programme of fun, low cost, educational activities for people of all ages providing opportunities to learn about nature, the environment and local history – often out in the open air. For children and families there’s weekend and school holiday activities to stave off any cries of boredom. Sign up for nature trails, mini beast hunts, pond dipping, orienteering and much, much more. For grown ups there are healthy walks, history talks, new skills to learn (clay oven baking) and theatre performances and music concerts.

And don’t forget, if you become a member of CambridgePPF you’ll be entitled to cheaper ticket prices and even free entry to some of our properties on special open days.

What’s on

For companies

Volunteering is a great way for companies to give something back to the local community they operate within. It can also be a highly educational experience. Staff get to increase their team building skills and learn about new topics outside their ordinary remit. While managers get to see another side to their employees in action. Working with local companies we can offer a range of volunteering opportunities that will be sure to keep employees engaged. Read what Carter Jonas and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) staff got up to when they spent the day with our rangers, or contact the team if you have an idea you’d like to discuss.

Alongside the provision of feel-good volunteering opportunities we are also working to develop a more formal learning programme for local companies that includes team building activities and corporate fun days. If you are an events organiser in this field looking for an outdoor space to bring people to then why not get in touch to discuss how we might be able to work together in the future.

Philip Robson

Head of Properties & Green Spaces

Philip is a highly experienced manager of outdoor education services for schools and communities (including Grafham Water Centre) and has considerable experience of the heritage sector. Philip manages our sites, open to the public and the programmes at those sites

 

Frances Cooper

Education Manager

Frances' background is in zoology, primary school teaching and outdoor pursuits. She manages one of our main income streams – our award-winning education and learning programme. This involves managing the teaching staff, organising and delivering educational and recreational activities, as well as extending the resources and programme.

Lorna Gough

Development Assistant

Lorna has a varied background including working with children in a number of different settings and working in an Essex Library. The variety of roles and experiences enable her to meet the challenges primarily of supporting fundraising and communications development as well as co-ordinating our outreach events and volunteering support for the charity.

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