Information for Teachers


Kelburn provides a wide range of opportunities for pupils from nursery through to tertiary education. Kelburn is best known for Curriculum-linked visits for Primary Schools and in this area we excel.
Through out the year our team of highly qualified Rangers lead school pupils in various curriculum based activities. The aim is to engage and motivate pupils in a range of activities which are linked to the subjects taught in the classroom.


Educational Activities (Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools)


For 2016, we have redesigned our educational programme for school groups.  While we continue to offer the same fun-filled day out at Kelburn with all the usual favorites including the Secret Forest, Adventure Course and Stockade (recently converted to a new Wild West Saloon!), we are changing the way we deliver our educational ranger activities.
This year, all educational activities will be included in the price of admission.  We will be delivering some familiar activities (Gruffalo, Falconry) and adding some new ones (Bushcraft, Wild Kelburn). These activities will be delivered by our ranger team at set times throughout the day in an area large enough to accommodate multiple groups of students. These interactive talks will feature similar educational material used at our previous sessions, but will be used within a larger group.  There will be one primary presenter on stage with other rangers helping to explain things to students in the audience. Within each talk, there will be interactive elements to encourage the students to get involved and learn more about the subject at hand. Activities and times can be found below.
In addition, we have developed new self-guided walks (geology and history trails) which will be posted shortly. These walks are full of information about the local area and are for the different groups to use at their leisure and map out brief (30 - 45 min) walks around the glen and estate.
On arrival school groups will be met by one of our Rangers who will welcome you to Kelburn and show you any booked accommodation as well as provide you with any individual itineraries showing activity times, gift shop visits, etc.


Activities

11.00 The Gruffalo
11.45 Wild Kelburn
12.30 Bushcraft
13.15 Pets Corner Show and Tell


 


11.00 – Gruffalo (Nursery, Primary) (approx. 30 – 45min)


Join our rangers as we bring the Gruffalo tale to life and introduce its woodland creatures in a natural setting.
Afterwards, the children will have the opportunity to get active in trying to hunt for all the parts that make up the Gruffalo and show their knowledge of the story!
Key aspects of children’s development and learning and some of the curriculum-related topics covered in our activities include:

  • Woodland animals
  • Habitats for animals and plants
  • Identification of common plants and animals found in the local environment.
  • The Senses
  • Communication and language
  • Listen with enjoyment and response to stories, songs, music, rhymes and other poetry
  • Physical development and movement
  • Enjoy energetic activity both indoors and out and the feeling of well being that it brings.
  • Be aware of the importance of health and fitness.
  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Care for the environment and for other people in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
  • Recognise objects by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
  • Care for living things, for example plants, pets at home.
  • Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the world.


11.45 – Wild Kelburn (Primary, Secondary) (approx. 30 – 45min)


This interactive talk showcases Kelburn’s impressive natural features. Join our rangers as we discuss how the Kelburn glen was formed over thousands of years with samples of the different types of rocks found here on the estate.  We will also share our knowledge about our local trees and some of the creatures that inhabit Kelburn’s woodland habitats.  This talk finishes with a review of how humans use the estate and the importance of managing this relationship sustainably.
Key aspects of children’s development and learning and some of the curriculum-related topics covered in our activities include:

  • Geology principles, the story of earth, rock types, hydrological principles
  • Woodland animals
  • Habitats for animals and plants
  • Identification of common plants and animals found in the local environment.
  • The Senses
  • Communication and language
  • Listen with enjoyment and response to stories, songs, music, rhymes and other poetry
  • Physical development and movement
  • Enjoy energetic activity both indoors and out and the feeling of well being that it brings.
  • Be aware of the importance of health and fitness.
  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Care for the environment and for other people in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
  • Recognise objects by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
  • Care for living things, for example plants, pets at home.
  • Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the world.


12.30 – Bushcraft (Primary, Secondary) (approx. 30 - 45 min)


Bushcraft is the art of survival in the wild.  In addition to identifying different types of trees, our rangers will guide the audience through how to build fires, construct shelters and identify certain plants to eat in the wild. 
Key aspects of children’s development and learning and some of the curriculum-related topics covered in our activities include:

  • Identification of common plants and animals found in the local environment.
  • The Senses
  • Communication and language
  • Listen with enjoyment and response to stories, songs, music, rhymes and other poetry
  • Physical development and movement
  • Enjoy energetic activity both indoors and out and the feeling of well being that it brings.
  • Be aware of the importance of health and fitness.
  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Care for the environment and for other people in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
  • Recognise objects by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
  • Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the natural world


13.15 – Pet's Corner Show and Tell (Nursery, Primary, Secondary) (approx. 10 - 15min)


Join us as we intereact with some of the feathered and furry creatures in Kelburn's Pets Corner. Whether it's learning about our resident chickens, ducks or geese or getting up close with our rabbits and alpacas, this activity is designed around encouraging appreciation and learning about these animals.
Key aspects of children’s development and learning and some of the curriculum-related topics covered in our activities include:

  • Woodland animals
  • Habitats for animals and plants
  • The Senses
  • Communication and language
  • Listen with enjoyment and response to stories, songs, music, rhymes and other poetry
  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Care for the environment and for other people in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
  • Recognise objects by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
  • Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the world


For other arrangements about your school trip please email admin@kelburncountrycentre.com or telephone 01475 568685.

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