Our learning programmes

Our learning programmes

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Day visits

Our school visits will inspire and motivate your students. Whether your focus is science, sustainability, food growing or interpersonal skills, our experienced and passionate team will work with you to find the right outdoor learning experience for your group.

Early years and KS1

Nature play and learning (Feed Bristol)Structured nature-focused tasks and child-led outdoor free play for early years, designed to inspire a love of exploring the outdoors.

Growing Delights (Feed Bristol)
Discover all about the wonderful world of trees, plants and vegetables in Feed Bristol's vegetable garden, meadow and woodland.

Happy Habitats (Feed Bristol)
Use all your senses to explore plants and wildlife in our nature-friendly food growing project. Learn about scientific methods and learn how different animals explore their environment using senses. Review and compare habitats at Feed Bristol.

Folly Farm day visits
As part of a long standing partnership, EYFS and KS1 day visits at Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm learning centre are led by My Green World. Please visit www.mygreenworld.co.uk to find out more about their inspiring outdoor learning programmes.

KS2

Contrasting Habitats (Folly Farm)
Discover which invertebrates live in Folly Woods and lurk below the surface of our pond. What adaptions make them suited to their aquatic or terrestrial habitats? Learn all about food chains; what makes the carnivores excellent predators and find out how their prey protects themselves.

Team Building (Folly Farm)
This programme is designed to test how well small teams work together and to see how many challenges each team can successfully complete. This is a fun, competitive day with points or Folly Farm pounds awarded throughout for teamwork.

Conservation and Sustainability (Folly Farm)
Explore the biodiversity of Folly Woods, and learn about food chains by making a menu fit for minibeasts (worm soup anyone?). Take part in our lunchbox challenge and find out how long your lunch waste takes to turn back to soil. After lunch explore the sustainable features of Folly Farm, including solar panels and rainwater harvesting, before discussing how we can all take action to help wildlife.

Growing Detectives (Feed Bristol)
Delve deeper into the plant kingdom, learning about the structure and function of plants and discover their relationships with pests and pollinators. 

Hands on Habitats (Feed Bristol)
Work scientifically to examine our woodland, meadow and kitchen garden, classifying and making connections. 

My Green World day visits (Folly Farm)
As part of a long standing partnership, My Green World also lead day visits at our Folly Farm learning centre. Please visit www.mygreenworld.co.uk to find out more about their inspiring outdoor learning programmes.

KS3

Bushcraft and Survival Skills (Folly Farm)
Students learn how to survive deep in the woods of Folly Farm, stripped of modern technology and gadgets. Put survival skills to the test with personal and team challenges. Build shelters, learn the best techniques to light and keep a fire burning and enjoy a tasty snack cooked on the open fire. Students take part in camouflage and hunter challenges and learn how nature can provide what we need to survive. This day is a great team-building opportunity, and encourages personal development as well as class cohesion.

The Biscuit Bandit Challenge (Science investigation - Folly Farm)
Help solve the horrific crime of the Biscuit Bandit stealing the delicious biscuits of Folly Farm. Using scientific and fieldwork skills match the evidence to a culprit, using soil, flora and fauna investigations out in the nature reserve and track down the biscuits. Students use the skills and scientific knowledge they gain from this led investigation to investigate a hypothesis in a small team based in a habitat around the reserve and report their findings back to the group.

Feeding Relationships (Folly Farm)
Compare freshwater and woodland habitats to investigate the influence of the environment on species and identify adaptations for survival. Learn sampling techniques and identification skills and use owl pellet dissection as a technique to see the food chain in action and assess the fine balance between predators and prey.

Wildlife Filmmaking (Folly Farm)
Use wildlife filmmaking to introduce and engage students with the natural world. Students put together their own storyboard and create a wildlife blockbuster. After researching their habitat and recognising some of the threats to its survival students are introduced to filmmaking techniques and

the equipment. Throughout the day students take on different roles including producer, researcher, scriptwriter, narrator and sound technician and collect footage around the reserve. Students are shown how to edit their film and to help make their message a powerful one. Classes can choose to take the recorded material back to school with them and edit it themselves with our guidance from Avon Wildlife Trust or book an extra session in or out of school.

KS4 and KS5

Curriculum-linked biology courses for KS4 and KS5 groups are available at our stunning Folly Farm Centre, set on our 250-acre nature reserve in the heart of the Chew Valley. An inspirational place for learning, our courses help bring the curriculum to life, covering key elements of the specification with practical fieldwork skills. Our specialist fieldwork sites, equipment and tuition provide a fantastic opportunity for students to understand the natural world and ecology and how they can use the skills gained to assist them with their studies as well as sharing an enthusiasm for science and learning outside the classroom.

Our experienced and knowledgeable learning team will work with you to develop a tailored full day visit which fits your learning objectives. Please contact us on 0117 917 7270 or email learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

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Residential visits

A residential stay at the Folly Farm Centre offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the nature reserve and wildlife at night in this inspirational learning environment. Enjoy a memorable stay with high quality, comfortable facilities, whilst building on students' learning, personal skills and class cohesion.

KS1

As part of a long standing partnership, KS1 residential visits at Folly Farm are led by My Green World. Please visit www.mygreenworld.co.uk to find out more about their inspiring outdoor learning programmes.

KS2

Predators and Survival (2 Day, 1 Night)
Investigate the fine balance between predator and prey relationships; learn how wildlife survives; see the food chain in action and learn survival bushcraft skills.

Wildlife Film-making (3 Day, 2 Night)
The perfect mix of wildlife and creativity! Children will explore the 250-acre Folly Farm nature reserve create their own wildlife film, learning all the skills they need to tell a great story through their film.

Wildlife and Teambuilding (4 Day/3 Night or 5 Day/4 Night)
Ideal for years five and six, this fun and competitive residential will test teamwork with a series of challenges and wildlife activities.

KS3

Wildlife Filmmaking (3 days, 2 nights) – Folly Farm
Explore the fantastic habitats of Folly Farm and identify the species that live here. In teams students identify a message they'd like to get across in their film and create a storyboard focusing on what makes a specific habitat unique and the impacts of humans and predators on that habitat.  Habitats can include woodland, meadows and ponds. Students develop their story as part of a film crew and make their own wildlife blockbuster, venturing into the woodland at night to find badgers, bats and barn owls and recording the sounds of the nocturnal wildlife waking up to add to their film.

Bespoke residentials (Folly Farm)
Our experienced and knowledgeable learning team will work with you to develop a tailored residential visit which fits your learning objectives. Please contact us on 0117 917 7270 or email learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

KS4 and KS5

Curriculum-linked biology and geography courses for KS4 and KS5 groups are available at our stunning Folly Farm Centre, a 250-acre nature reserve in the heart of the Chew Valley. An inspirational place for learning, our courses help bring the curriculum to life, covering key elements of the specification with practical fieldwork skills. Our specialist fieldwork sites, equipment and tuition provide a fantastic opportunity for students to understand the natural world and ecology and how they can use the skills gained to assist them with their studies as well as sharing an enthusiasm for science and learning outside the classroom.

Our experienced and knowledgeable learning team will work with you to develop a tailored residential visit which fits your learning objectives. Please contact us on 0117 917 7270 or email learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Get in touch

To learn about wildlife with us.
Email learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk
01179 177 270

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