Key Stage 2

CURRICULUM

 

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:

SCIENCE

  • Observing closely, using simple equipment;magnifying glass
  • identifying and classifying;
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

MATHS

Measurement:
  • solve problems using the calculation and conversion of units of measurement;
  • convert between miles and kilometres.
Statistics;
  • interpret and present data;
  • interpret and present information in charts and graphs.

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Geometry:
  • use of co-ordinates in a grid.

LITERACY

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.

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  • 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 andchild with magnifying glass 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.

They suggest:

1. Building bird boxes to meet RSPB standards, surveying the park, deciding where the boxes go, monitoring their  use. This could meet targets in:bird box

  • DT
  • maths
  • science

2. Surveying biodiversity,  adding to the park’s specie lists, planning to increase biodiversity. This could meet targets in:cricket

  • maths
  • science

3. Environmental development, planning habitat for  a specific species. This could meet targets in:

  • science
  • PHSEwalking

 

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

email: countryside@wiltshire.gov.uk

address:

 Rights of Way and Countryside Team,

Environment Services,

Wiltshire Council,

Bythesea Road

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

and

a more academic paper on planning an outdoor curriculum  from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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