Outdoor Learning for Key Stage 2

key stage 2 outdoor learning at Painshill

Outdoor Learning for Key Stage 2

For Key Stage 2, activities encourage pupils to use their own initiative and build confidence. The curriculum-based activities incorporate outdoor exploration and games which encourage pupils in team work and creativity. 

Learning for Key Stage 2

Activities will be tailored to your school group and the weather but can include any of the following: 

Navigation Challenges

Pupils test their map reading skills with games and fun geography challenges. Activities include 3D map-making, compass games and a blindfold disorientation challenge.

Key Stage 2 navigation challenge
Key Stage 2 river explorers

River Explorers

Pupils visit the Waterwheel on the River Mole and conduct experiments on the flow of the river. Pupils work in teams to create their own mini river using natural materials to build the banks and create geographical features.

Science and Technology

Pupils become engineers for the day, experimenting with pressure, friction, forces and motion of the Painshill Waterwheel. Using gears, cogs, pumps and models, pupils investigate why the wheel has stopped turning. The objective is to get the wheel in motion.

Key Stage 2 Science and Technology
Reliving Romans

Reliving Romans

Visit Painshill’s Roman Mausoleum, Bath House ruins and Roman-inspired Crystal Grotto. Pupils build their own model temple or coliseum, design a god or goddess mosaic, dress in Roman tunics and discover what life was like in the Roman Legion.

Greek Myths and Legends

Pupils think creatively to escape the Minotaur in the Labyrinth and work together to stop Jason stealing the Golden Fleece. Encounter Greek heroes, gods and monsters at the Trojan tent, temples and Amphitheatre.

Greek Myths and Legends
minibeast safari

Pond or Minibeast Investigation

Pupils dip for water invertebrates or search for land to investigate further in the ‘Bug Lab’. This learning activity involves identification and analysis using microscopes and identification keys. Discover ecosystems, food chains, adaptation and life cycles.

Plant Explorers

Discover plant anatomy and seed dispersal with experiments, measuring and recording, observation and games. Starting out as seeds, pupils take a plant’s life journey by visiting our ancient Cork Oak and Great Cedar. This activity is adapted for each season.

plant explorer
den building

Den Building

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.

Dragon Quest

Set out on a mysterious quest to discover the very last Dragon’s egg and save this magical species from extinction. Follow the Painshill Dragon Guide through the fiendish traps and challenges laid by the Dragon Hunters.

dragon quest
survival skills

Survival Skills

Pupils go on a journey through the landscape, tracking wildlife, identifying poisonous and useful plants and take on survival skills team challenges. Pupils learn how to build a safe camp-fire and find out the best way to toast a marshmallow.

Pirate Challenges

Working together as a crew, pupils undertake swashbuckling challenges including peg-leg races, sea-monster making and the eye-patch blindfold trail. Pupils follow clues to find the buried treasure.

Fairy tale walk


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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.

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