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.

Our main school products are

1)       Summer term School Day Out:  A day visit for school classes or for a whole school trip.  This includes using the grounds of Kelburn under the supervision of teachers and adult helpers as well as engaging in ranger Led timed informative sessions. This product is explained in more detail below.

2)       Bespoke class or whole school visits. These can incorporate ranger led activities based on a curriculum theme that links to our site such as Enchanted Forest, Castles, Vikings, Nature & Seasons and Geographical features. We also have our Forest schools sessions based on exploring the woodlands and incorporating learning through outdoor challenges and skills. 

Summer Term School Day Out

Educational Activities (Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools)

2018 programme:  We aim to offer a fun-filled day out at Kelburn where school children can enjoy the Secret Forest, Adventure Course and Wild West Saloon.  In addition our educational ranger activities will stimulate imaginations, inform and allow for the curious minds of the pupils to ask questions.

All educational activities will be included in the price of admission.  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 – See outline below. For schools returning to Kelburn these interactive talks will feature similar educational material used at our previous sessions however all refreshed to keep teachers, Rangers and the children inspired.  



11.00 – 11.30am

Interactive Story Corner: Nursery-P3

11.45am -12.15noon

Interactive Story Corner:P4-P7

12.30 -1pm

Sensory Safari Walk: all ages (capped at 120 students)

1 – 1.30pm

Sensory Safari Walk: all ages (capped at 120 students)



Our story telling format involves one primary presenter leading 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.

Our Sensory walks are led by Rangers with groups of approx 30 children with teacher/adult supervision. These walks focus on the sensory information all around us in the nature setting at Kelburn. Following paths and good terrain, last about 25 minutes.

In addition we have the self led trail with a quest pre prepared and sent to schools in advance for copies to made for one the day of your visit.

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.


Curriculum Related Topics Integrated to Kelburn’s Summer Day Out

11.00 – Interactive story session 
(nursery - Primary 4) (approx. 25min)

Join our rangers as we bring our story of choice alive and introduce the characters to the audience in our natural woodland setting.
Afterwards, the children will have the opportunity to get active with a short activity linked to the story.

Our story of choice will be pitched to an older audience with a curriculum and nature orientation.

11.45 – Interactive story session (Primary 4 - 7) (approx. 25min)

12.30 & 1pm – Sensory Safari (All ages) (approx. 25min)

Enjoy a walk exploring some of Kelburn’s impressive natural features. Join our rangers as we discuss the wonderful sounds, sights, smells, textures and if informed tastes, of the landscape created  by the Kelburn Glen.  The gorge was formed over thousands of years with many samples of foliage and rocks types readily available. 

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.

For other arrangements about your school trip please email or telephone 01475 568685.

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