The Wiltshire Countryside Team, can offer input, either in the classroom or in the park, to introduce a cross-curricular topic or theme in order to facilitate use of the park as an educational resource at Key Stage 2.
Cross-curricular topics based in the park could meet the following National Curriculum Key Stage2 targets:
- Observing closely, using simple equipment;
- identifying and classifying;
- gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
- solve problems using the calculation and conversion of units of measurement;
- convert between miles and kilometres.
- interpret and present data;
- interpret and present information in charts and graphs.
- use of co-ordinates in a grid.
Draft and write by:
- using organisational and presentational devices to structure text and guide the reader;
- assessing the effectiveness of their own and other’s writing.
- Record observations;
- practise a wide range of techniques.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
- Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts.
ACTIVITIES and TOPICS
A walk in the park can meet many targets: gathering and recording data in Science; recording observations in Art.
A walk in the park with a magnifying container or a pooter, and a child is identifying and classifying. Add a tape measure or a measuring wheel and she has data to record and interpret and purpose for her writing.
The Countryside Team can work in a number of ways:
- planning with teachers;
- leading activities with children;
- as an advisor to long-term topics.
1. Building bird boxes to meet RSPB standards, surveying the park, deciding where the boxes go, monitoring their use. This could meet targets in:
2. Surveying biodiversity, adding to the park’s specie lists, planning to increase biodiversity. This could meet targets in:
3. Environmental development, planning habitat for a specific species. This could meet targets in:
Or they could just lead a walk through the park with a worksheet designed to make children think about the environment, their place in it and the species they share it with.
How to contact Wiltshire Countryside Team:
tel: 01225 718647
Rights of Way and Countryside Team,
TROWBRIDGE BA14 8JN
Here is a link to pack of ideas for an outdoor curriculum from Woodland Trust Scotland;
here is another from Plymouth University Curriculum Project
a more academic paper on planning an outdoor curriculum from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom