Outdoor Learning for Key Stage 1
Painshill offers a range of curriculum-based outdoor learning activities for Year 1 and Year 2 which incorporate outdoor play and encourage teamwork. Each led activity uses a different approach to help pupils connect with the environment and their fellow classmates.
Learning for Key Stage 1
Activities will be tailored to your school group and the weather but can include any of the following:
Pupils search for natural materials on a scavenger hunt. Clay, mud, roots, petals, leaves, chalk and home-made charcoal are then ground up to make the water paints. Pupils then create their own Painshill wild woodland animal using sticks, feathers and finger painting techniques.
Pupils begin their art adventure with a leaf hunt, searching for different shapes, textures and sizes. Pupils use their imagination, observational skills and a variety of media to create a landscape painting.
Look for creatures that live in different habitats. Through play and games, pupils learn about creatures including how they live, camouflage and how to identify them.
Fairytale Story Walk
Pupils go on a story walk through the magical Painshill landscape, past temples, towers and ruins. Pupils join in the storyteller’s tale with drama, dance, games and amazing props.
Pupils investigate the creatures living in Painshill’s shallow lake before taking their catch back to the ‘Bug Lab’ where they use a digital microscope and identification keys.
Take the life journey of a Painshill plant. Starting as tiny seeds, pupils use games to disperse, germinate and avoid hungry birds to grow into terrific trees. Using their imagination and new-found knowledge, pupils make a micro-garden.
Pupils use natural materials to build and weatherproof their dens before a final camp inspection and waterproof testing. Den Building can be adapted for different projects, for example, roundhouse settlements, historic dwellings or survival shelters.
Set out on a mysterious quest to discover the very last Dragon’s egg and save this magical species from extinction. Working in teams, pupils must follow the Dragon Guide through the fiendish traps and challenges laid by the Dragon Hunters.
Come dressed up as a pirate for a day of swashbuckling challenges. This includes peg-leg races, sea-monster making and other exciting pirate challenges. Pupils follow clues to find the buried treasure at the end of the day.
Pupils use their senses on a nature walk through Painshill, exploring textures and shapes on a scavenger hunt to make a natural perfume.
Sensory Explorers – The Crystal Cave
A journey to Painshill’s crystal Grotto, exploring the vineyard, ruins and forest. At the Grotto, pupils discover craggy rocks and glittering crystals; explore light and dark; experience the texture of the rocks and the sounds of the water.
Go on an adventure with words to find the magical poet tree. Take on exciting wordy challenges to solve riddles. Pupils make massive word picture using describing words they have found on their adventure.
As ever, we had the most enjoyable day yesterday. Thank you so much. So many of the boys told us it was, “the best day ever” and lots of them were asleep on the coach on the way home.Mrs P
I just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you for all your help with our visit. The girls had an absolute ball and loved every minute of it and, in particular, Adam, who was his usual, wonderful, crazy and informative self! The weather held out for us and it was great to be outdoors with our girls – it was their first outing as a class due to Covid!Mrs M
I am writing to thank you and the fabulous Ros, for the loveliest of school trips. Ros is full of energy, with a great sense of humour that had the children in fits of giggles and made them warm to her from the start. We all had such a fun and busy day, hunting for minibeasts in different habitats, playing games to learn about predators, prey and what minibeasts need to survive. It really was a treat to be able to do this trip this year.
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Things to See & Do
Painshill is an award-winning 18th century landscape garden where you are invited to walk around a work of art. Winding paths will take you on a journey to discover a living canvas with beautiful vistas and dramatically placed garden buildings. Stroll around the Serpentine Lake, wander through woodland and promenade past follies, including the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent.