The Copsegrove menu of activities is almost endless, and Kate is always happy to develop new activities where necessary to fulfil teachers’ wishes, wants and requirements for their day.
Activities are adapted and varied depending upon the age group of the children coming, their ability, and their nature as a class.
Activities can be mixed and matched within reason, and Kate will always help advise you in advance on what, in her experience, might work best for your particular age group taking into account the specific timings of arrival and departure for your trip, and the staff numbers attending with class, etc.
See our Sample Programmes page for ideas and examples of how others have put together their school visit day, but popular activities tend to be:
My funny feely bag:
Done at the very start of the day. Children pull out items from a feely bag which are all items produced from a farm. What have they all got in common? Leading on to farms, and the role of farms.
With older children, the concept of food miles, and the importance of keeping food miles low….carbon emissions, greenhouse effect etc.
Anything and everything depending on theme of day if there is one! 2 d, 3d art using natural woodland materials. Portraits, smiley faces, animals living in woodland habitat, rangoli art, etc.
Anything and everything….can be seasonally based, can be more focused on a particular aspect of the woods depending on theme of day, can be things that start with a certain letter, or letters from a word linked to the day etc.
Pooters/collection jars/simple classification keys available….can be as free or as structured (drawings of specimens etc) as required.
Usually done over a 2 day visit. Traps set up day 1, complete with bait bags of dung…..traps revisited day 2 …..identification of captures using classification keys.
Teddy dens , all the way up to a big proper den where their den is their oyster…. chairs, fire exits, tvs, gardens, coat racks, hat hooks….. Built using woodland materials.
Simple cooking on the fire:
Toasted marshmallows, smors, scone twists, Copsegrove chocky eclairs, and more.
Basic map reading and grid reference skills in the woods:
To find letters/ items/ can be linked to specific curriculum themes.
Following trails, setting trails:
Around the woodland site.
Various team building activities, including:
-Hula hoop fun – a fun game to break the ice and get everyone giggling and wiggling.
-Walk of trust – in pairs, one blindfolded, the other to take them on a walk…to develop talking and listening skills, to build trust between children. Can be progressed to tree hugging and developing sense of touch, string trails and obstacle courses for the older children.
-Walk the plank – serious co-operation needed for this one! Lots of fun!
-Circle of trust – involves a circle of rope…and much trust!
-Can you find the oldest Oak tree in the wood?
-Can you make?…something that would float a potato, something that would make music, something that might carry an injured person out of the woods, etc.
Activities linked to classification and use of keys:
The Copsegrove bug hunt
A chance to try and identify a range of skulls from animals that live on a farm or in the wood. Teeth types and feeding habits.
Food chains and food web activities:
Construction of food chains and webs on the forest floor using laminated picture of woodland organisms.
2 trees, ….a structured worksheet guides the children through a detailed observation of a tree / 2 trees of their choice. Detailed observations made that eventually lead them to being able to successfully identify their tree using a key. ( includes some maths…circumference of tree, area of leaf etc)
Visit to badger sett:
A chance to explore an old well established and used sett. The pros and cons of badgers on the farm.
Visit to feed the pigs:
Belated breakfast for a litter of Gloucester Old Spots.
And then making a charcoal pencil.
Learning to lash:
Use of lashings to construct a picture frame in which, when laid on the forest floor, a work of art can then be created.
Cast your net and discover the wonderful bugs and beasties that make their home in a pond.