Primary School

Programmes for primary school groups

Designed to help meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2. Many of the programmes are accompanied by pupil project books and teacher information sheets.

The Youth and Schools Service deliver a wide range of environmental and heritage outdoor learning programmes, which contain activities and promote learning outcomes that link to the New National Curriculum across all Key Stages and help to meet subject requirements in Art and Design, Geography, History, Science and PE.

Book now for 2017 at 2016 prices!

Prices:    

  • £7.90 per student for a full day’s visit (2 programmes)
  • £5.10 per student for a half day’s visit (1 programme)
  • £7.90 per student for our NEW 10:00-14:00 Discovery Day

Discovery Days

Our brand new discovery days provide the ultimate 10:00 - 14:00 outdoor learning experience.

Habitat discovery day         

Key subject: Science

Students explore the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts in a variety of both terrestrial and aquatic micro-habitats. Through collecting, identifying and classifying the invertebrates, discover which areas make the best home for minibeasts and see if you can survive the 'Needs of Life 'game.

Session covers: Working scientifically to observe land and freshwater invertebrates including habitat requirements, variation, adaptation, classification and food chains; gathering and recording information.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2
Session times: 10:00 - 14:00
Venue: Waltham Abbey Gardens
Available: April - October

Teachers guide available

NEW: Plant discovery day         

Key subject: Science

Students become plant hunter from the Victorian era to uncover the secrets of plants. Discover plant parts through our kitchen garden challenge. Investigate food chains and plant diversity. Learn identification and classification skills and complete the photosynthesis recipe. Play our pollination game and understand the reproductive parts of a plant. Finally bring dispersal to life with the acorn hunt game.

Session covers:  Scientific enquiry; life processes including reproduction, plant structures, food chains, variation and classification.

Suitable for:    KS2
Session times: 10:00 - 14:00
Venue: Waltham Abbey Gardens, Myddelton House Gardens, WaterWorks Centre
Available: May- September

Teachers guide available

Rivers and lakes discovery day   

Key subjects: Science, Geography

Water in Lee Valley has helped to shape the park, its' habitats and wildlife. In this unique session compare and contrast natural and manmade features of the meandering River Lea, the straight River Lee Navigation and lakes created from gravel extraction. Students discuss and record geographical features, waterbirds and their behaviour, complete field sketches and compare flow rates of the three waterways.

Session covers: Working scientifically observing living things and their habitats; record findings using labelled diagrams, tables and graphs; geographical skills using fieldwork to observe, measure and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.

Suitable for: KS2
Session times: 10:00 - 14:00 (14.30 finish time if starting at Cheshunt)
Venue: River Lee Country Park (Cheshunt or Fishers Green)
Available: All year

Teachers guide available

Stone Age discovery day         

Key subjects : Science, History

Immerse your students in the world of Stone Age people. Follow the changes in technology and evolution during the 3.4 million years from the Stone Age to Iron Age, from fighting for survival to sophisticated society. How did early hunter-gatherers survive? Discover the animals with whom they shared their world and the plants they would have used for food and medicine. Gather materials and explore ancient and modern fire lighting techniques and try your hand at prehistoric art. Investigate how modern humans have built up a picture of these incredible times using archaeology and the evidence unearthed.

Session covers: An introduction to changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, use of fieldwork; including fire-lighting and primitive art, understanding methods of historical interpretation and enquiry, chronology.

Suitable for: KS2
Session times: 10:00 - 14:00
Venue: Waltham Abbey Gardens, WaterWorks Centre
Available: All year

Teachers guide available

Abbey trail

Discover Waltham Abbey
 
Key subjects:  History

The unique setting of Waltham Abbey Gardens provides the perfect venue for a local history study which takes students back in time. Students use role play, games,sensory activities, chronology and investigation skills to explore archaeological remains and discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s important historical past.

Session covers: Local history study; chronology; historical interpretation and enquiry and role play.
Suitable for:    KS1, KS2, 5 - 11 years
Venues:           Waltham Abbey Gardens
Available:        All year (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Teachers guide available

Art of nature

Key subjects:  Art & Design

Use the wonder of nature to inspire your students. Pick and mix from a wide range of nature based art and craft activities tailored to topics and seasons. Students take an investigative, hands-on approach and use a wide range of art and design techniques to explore colours and textures of natural materials within the park. Options include natural clay sculpting, flower pounding, nature’s symmetry, scavenger hunt, nature's detectives and mud painting.

Session covers: Exploring; developing and sharing ideas; investigation using a range of art and design techniques.

Suitable for:    REC, KS1, KS2, 5 - 11 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens, WaterWorks Centre, River Lee Country Park (Cheshunt)
Available:      All year

Teachers guide available

Bitterns and other waterbirds

Key subjects: Science, Geography

Explore the habitat of one of the rarest birds in the Lee Valley. Migrate to our bird hide and use binoculars to observe and record waterbird behaviour in this internationally important habitat.

Session covers: Working scientifically to observe live birds including identification, classification,adaptations and food chains; geographical skills and fieldwork; locational knowledge and recording data

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venues:          River Lee Country Park (Fishers Green)
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

Canals and riverside history

Take a boat trip and learn about Victorian Britain
 
Key subject: History

Cruise back in time to discover how the River Lee Navigation helped to shape the local area and have the chance to get creative experimenting with canal art.

Session covers: Local history study; chronology; historical interpretation and enquiry.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venues:          Broxbourne Riverside
Available:       All year (except November)

Price:              £12.50 per student, includes boat hire (minimum charge for 20 students)

Teachers guide available

Cunning running

Key subjects: Geography, PE

Explore the park with our introduction to the exciting sport of orienteering. This fun fuelled competition allows groups to learn and reinforce important team building and map skills whilst challenging them to answer our nature quiz for extra points.


Session covers: Being physically active in a competitive sport; selecting and applying tactics; acquiring and developing PE skills; geographical skills and fieldwork using maps.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens, Tottenham Marshes, River Lee Country Park (Cheshunt)
Available:        All year

Teachers guide available

DIY minibeast

Collect and identify the marvellous minibeats
 
Key subjects: Science, Design & Technology

Students take their inspiration from nature as they create their own models of marvellous minibeasts from recycled material using the design process. They research minibeasts through collection and identification, then evaluate their adaptations and refine their final design.

Session covers: Working scientifically to observe life processes including variation, classification, adaptation and habitat requirements; using the design process to research, develop, communicate and evaluate ideas.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venues:         Waltham Abbey Gardens, WaterWorks Centre
Available:       April - October

Teachers guide available

Farm- Field to fridge guided tour

Key subjects: Science, Geography

Experience the start of your milk’s journey to the supermarket shelf. This guided tour of our working dairy farm explores the crops we grow, how we look after our animals and wildlife, methods of milking and the farmer’s job. Self-guided visits of our farms are also available.

NEW - why not take home a bottle of our fully pasteurised milk, fresh from our cows.

50 p for a 0.25ltr bottle. Please enquire about your pre-order at time of booking


Session covers: Living things and their habitats; geographical enquiry; understanding of environmental change, exploring human and physical geography through farming.

Suitable for:    KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venue:            Lee Valley Park Farms
Available:       February - October

Teachers guide available

Focus on dragonflies -pond dipping

Key subjects: Science

Discover one of the most amazing insects in the world.Students follow this monster minibeast through its lifecycle, survey where the eggs are laid and stream dip in the dragonfly nymphs’ habitat. Students use classification keys to identify aquatic creatures. Visit Cornmill Meadows dragonfly sanctuary and hopefully get a glimpse of the incredible adult insects.

Session covers: Working scientifically to observe freshwater invertebrates including life cycles, variation, adaptation, classification and food chains; gathering and recording information.

Suitable for:   KS1, KS2, 5 - 11 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows 
Available:       April – October

Teachers guide available

Focus on urban habitats - minibeast hunting

Discover the weird and wonderful minibeat world
 
Key subjects: Science

Weird and wonderful minibeasts thrive in the urban habitats throughout the Lee Valley. Students play the ‘needs of life’ game. Then collect, identify and classify minibeasts from a range of micro-habitats, to discover which areas make the best home.

Session covers:  Working scientifically to observe land invertebrates including variation, adaptation, classification, and habitat requirements.
 

Suitable for:   KS1, KS2, 5 - 11 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens,  River Lee Country Park (Cheshunt),   WaterWorks Centre
Available:       April – October

Teachers guide available

I spy a dragonfly!

I spy a dragonfly
 
Key subject: Science

Experience life through the eyes of this giant of the insect world! Our exciting range of fun and educational sensory activities and environmental games will enthuse and connect younger students to the delights of dragonflies and to the wonders of nature in their local environment.

Session covers: Living things and their habitats and life cycles.


Suitable for:   Reception, KS1, 4 - 7 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

Power of plants

Learn about plants
 
Key subject: Science

Get to grips with plant identification through a series of challenges inspired by the plant hunters of the Victorian era. Observational drawing, role play and a classification challenge will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be awarded our ‘Lee Valley plant hunter certificate’.

Session covers: Scientific enquiry; life processes including reproduction, plant structures, food chains, variation and classification.

Suitable for:    KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venues:          Waltham Abbey Gardens, River Lee Country Park (Cheshunt), WaterWork Centre, Myddelton House Gardens

Available:        May – September 

Teachers guide available

Rivers walk

Key subjects: Geography, Science

A unique opportunity to compare and contrast the natural features of the meandering River Lea with the straight River Lee Navigation. Students discuss and record river features and birdlife, complete field sketches and use fair testing skills to measure flow rates.
This programme is two and a half hours long.

Session covers: Working scientifically observing living things and their habitats; record findings using labelled diagrams, tables and graphs; geographical skills using fieldwork to observe, measure and present the human and physical features in the local area using a rage of methods.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venue:            River Lee Country Park (Fishers Green or Cheshunt)
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

Seed to supper

Learn about the journey of the seed
 
Key subject: Science

Grow your students’  knowledge of plant life cycles as they experience the journey from seed to supper. Students use fruit and vegetables to identify plants that they eat and study the tiny seeds from which they grow. They also learn about a seed’s needs for life by playing the Seed Tig game, discover plant variation by taking part in a scavenger hunt, pretend to be a pollinator in the ‘Pollination Game’ and then plant a seed to take home.
 
Session covers: Working scientifically to observe plants including life cycles, plant structures and variation.

Suitable for:   KS1, KS2, 5 - 11 years
Venue:            Myddelton House Gardens, Waltham Abbey Gardens, Waterworks Centre
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

Sensory Safari

Key subject: Science

Enjoy an exciting mix of environmental activities that use all the senses as students uncover for themselves the delights of learning outdoors. Try the feely bag challenge, collect fallen treasures and explore colour and shape using magnifying glasses and colour fans. Take the time to listen for natural and human made sounds. Test their sense of smell as they discover natural aromas and look at their taste buds before they plant a seed to grow into something tasty!

Session covers: Working scientifically to explore the senses.

Suitable for: Reception, KS1, special needs students, 4 - 7 years
Venue: Myddelton House Gardens, Waltham Abbey Gardens, WaterWorks Centre
Available: All year

Teachers guide available

The 'Great Stink' 

Key subjects:  Geography, History

Uncover local history and bring the water cycle to life by discovering the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858. Students follow chronological events that link to the history of London and learn about the effect of dirty water on the population. Visit the Essex Filter Beds, which cleaned Victorian London’s drinking water, for a demonstration of filtration and to see how they now form an unusual urban nature reserve.

Session covers: Local history study; chronology; historical interpretation and enquiry; locational knowledge in East London over time; stages of the water cycle.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venue:            WaterWorks Centre
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

WaterWorks water birds

Go bird spotting
 
Key subjects: Science, Geography

Explore this unique wetland habitat created from a disused water treatment facility! Migrate to our bird hide and use binoculars to observe and record waterbird behaviour in this important urban nature reserve

Session covers: Working scientifically to observe live birds including identification, classification adaptations and food chains; geographical skillsand fieldwork; locational knowledge; gathering and recording data.

Suitable for:   KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venue:            WaterWorks Centre
Available:       All year

Teachers guide available

Lee Valley VeloPark legacy in action
Lee Valley VeloPark

Key subjects: Geography, Design & Technology

Experience the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the world class Lee Valley VeloPark. Students develop their geographical and design skills to explore the London panorama and regeneration of the site, then undertake a design observation challenge around the velodrome and consolidate learning by creating and recording a design interview. Recommended for years 5 and 6.

Session covers: Use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance
locational and place knowledge; types of settlement and land use; economic activity; use of fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present findings; evaluate materials and products; understanding of key events and individuals in design and technology.

Suitable for:    KS2, 7 - 11 years
Venue:              Lee Valley Velopark
Available:         All year

Teachers guide available

Educational Opportunity!

Combine your visit to Lee Valley VeloPark with a cycling experience

 

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