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Educational activities

The following activities are available at Cannock Chase Country Park:

Foundation Stage

Woodland magic - play, learn and discover. Half day session

Join the Ranger to help discover what wonderful things are happening in the woods. Wake the sleeping dragon or search for the variety of creatures living in our woods. This session is all about imagination and discovery. As part of the session children will be given free time to self play and learn. Stories and songs will end the session relating to the days theme or season.

Teddy's Bear Picnic - Make, bake and cake. Half Day Session

Join the Ranger to create a glorious muddy picnic for our furry guests and then create a home for the day. This session is all about creativity using our mud kitchen to 'cook up' a picnic and then make small shelters for our bears to enjoy the feast. Stories and songs will end the session and a picnic can be held for lunch. 

 

Key Stage 1Building shelters

Woodland Habitats - half day session

Learn about the importance of habitats and what animals can be found in them. Help the Ranger identify what is living in our woods and discover what part they play in the environment. Children will have the opportunity to go bug hunting, play games and take part in habitat quizzes along the way.

 

 

 

Habitat Trail (including pond dipping) - half day session

Newt Pond Dipping

 

See Cannock Chase on a 2 mile walk. We visit four different habitats on the way including a stop for pond dipping. This short walk allows for habitat discovery, countryside code discussions and environmental games along with getting out and about on Cannock Chase. 

 

 

Forest Art - half day sessionOak Leaves Boggart

Get creative using natural paints and brushes. Using the woods as inspiration children will be able to design and make their very own masterpieces. This session will involve games and activities to introduce natural art inspired by artists such as Goldsworthy. The session will end with mud/clay art where children can make a tree boggart to either protect our woods or take back with them.

 

 

 

Woodland Survival - half day session

Let the Ranger test your survival skills whilst in our woodland. Build your very own shelter and set about trying to survive in it. Learn about what plants can help you and what plants will not!

Past, Present & Future - half day sessionInterior of World War I Hut at Cannock Chase Country Park

Take a step back in time to learn about how Cannock Chase has changed over the years and think about what it could become. We will then focus on the last 100 years looking at the importance of Cannock Chase and WWI. A visit to our fully equipped World War I hut will be part of the season along with games and quizzes.

 

 

 

Key Stage 2

Woodland Habitats - half day session

Learn about the importance of habitats and what animals can be found in them. Help the Ranger identify what is living in our woods and discover what part they play in the environment. Children will have the opportunity to go bug hunting, play games and take part in habitat quizzes along the way.

 

Habitat Trail (including pond dipping) - half day session

Woodland Activities

 

See Cannock Chase on a 2 mile walk. We visit four different habitats on the way including a stop for pond dipping. This short walk allows for habitat discovery, countryside code discussions and environmental games along with getting out and about on Cannock Chase.

 

 

Nature detectives - half day session

Using your best exploration skills join the Ranger in finding what animals are living in the area. We will introduce tracking skills and look into animal requirements and adaptions. Camouflage techniques will be investigated with games and activities along the way.

 

Past, present & future - half day session

Take a step back in time to learn about how Cannock Chase has changed over the years and think about what it could become. We will then focus on the last 100 years looking at the importance of Cannock Chase and WWI. A visit to our fully equipped World War I hut will also be part of the session along with games and quizzes.

Bushcraft - Full day session

Children Toasting Marshmallows

 

Join the Ranger for the ultimate team day in the outdoors. Start by making your own group shelter then have a go at fire lighting and some camp fire cooking. We shall introduce some basic whittling and tool making along with camouflage techniques and games.

 

 

Forest School

We can offer a full forest school programme at Cannock Chase by a trained level 3 forest school practitioner. The programme follows the ethos and principles of Forest School.

Sessions will take place weekly over a 6 week block.

Please enquire for further details. Contact: karen.andrew@staffordshire.gov.uk 

 

Costs

Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 -

  • £3.00 per pupil (within Staffordshire County Council)
  • £3.50 per pupil (outside of Staffordshire County Council and non LEA Schools)

Further and Higher Education - £5 per student

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