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:
Pupils test their map reading skills with games and fun geography challenges. Activities include 3D map-making, compass games and a blindfold disorientation challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Follow the Painshill Dragon Guide through the fiendish traps and challenges laid by the Dragon Hunters.
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.
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.
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.