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Activity List for Residential Stays

Adventurous Activities

 

KS1

KS2

Secondary

Archery

 

Assault Course

 

Circus Skills Workshop

Climbing Wall

 

Crate Stacking

 

Fire Building

 

Group Development through Problem Solving

 

High All Aboard

 

High Level Balance Beam and Traverse

 

Inclined Beam and Traverse

 

Jacobs Ladder

 

Leap of Faith

 

Mountain Biking

Orienteering Course

Orienteering Skills (Map Work)

Rope Protected Tree Climbing

 

Shelter Building

Tracking

Up and Under Course

Water Bombs

 

Environmental Activities

 

KS1

KS2

Secondary

Art in the Environment

Brock the Badger

 

Habitat Walk

Invertebrate Study

Literacy in the Environment

 

Mammal and Moth Trapping

Maths in the Environment

 

Pond Investigation

Woodland Study

 

Activity List for Day Visits

Adventurous Activities

 

Foundation

KS1

KS2

Secondary

Assault Course

 

 

Circus Skills Workshop

 

Fire Building

 

 

Group Development
through Problem Solving

 

 

Orienteering Course

 

Orienteering Skills (Compass)

 

Orienteering Skills (Map Work)

 

Problem Solving Initial

 

 

 

Shelter Building

 

Tracking

 

Up and Under Course

 

Environmental Activities

 

Foundation

KS1

KS2

Secondary

Art in Nature

 

 

 

Environmental Art

 

Habitat Walk

 

Hibernating Mice

 

 

 

Invertebrate Study

 

Investigating Plants

 

 

Land Use

 

 

 

Natural Materials

 

 

Natural Number Wonders

 

 

 

Nature Detectives

 

 

 

Numbers in Nature

 

 

 

Our Senses

 

 

Plant Explorers

 

 

 

Pond Investigation

 

Stream Investigation

 

 

Rocks and Soils

 

 

 

Story Trails

 

 

 

Village Study

 

 

 

Weather Study

 

 

Woodland Study

 

Woodland Wordcraft

 

 

 

Words in the Woods

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Adventurous Activity Descriptions

Archery

Age: Year 5 and above

Group size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of school staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This activity gives students the opportunity to have a go at the sport of Archery. Students will learn archery techniques and appropriate safety considerations. Each student will be able to develop their technique and accuracy over the course of the session.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Learn, apply and develop new skills.
  • Evaluate and recognise their own success through taking part in a series of games (competitive and collaborative).
  • Consider how their actions influence the safety of others.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Develop techniques and improve performance in a competitive sport.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.
  • Analyse performance and demonstrate improvement.
  • Be involved in an activity that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.

Assault Course

Age: Year 2 upwards.

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Our low ropes assault course gives groups the opportunity to balance, climb and swing across a range of challenging obstacles including monkey bars, rope bridges and balancing beams. The course can also be carried out as an individual challenge or as a team to increase difficulty. Emphasis is placed on staying safe and supporting others.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Develop agility, balance and coordination.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge (either individually or as part of a team).
  • Apply and develop skills learnt at the start of the session with increasing confidence.
  • Cross obstacles that develop strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication, collaboration and competition.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team, build trust and develop skills to solve problems.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Evaluate performance and consider improvements
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Circus Skills Workshop

Age: Year 2 upwards.

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

‘Be a clown for an hour!’ This session gives groups the opportunity to try their hand at a range of circus skills including how to juggle, walk on stilts or spin a plate. Sessions are usually concluded with a ‘circus show’ of newly acquired skills.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Learn new skills and practise to become increasingly competent and confident.
  • Improve balance and coordination.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Apply skills learnt at the start of the session and practice to improve technique and control.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Communicate and collaborate with each other to create a group performance.

Climbing wall

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

Our mobile climbing wall offers students a great introduction to climbing using an automatic belay system. Each student is given the opportunity to climb four routes of varying difficulty. This enables them to develop basic climbing skills, build confidence and gain a sense of achievement.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Learn and apply climbing techniques with increasing levels of confidence.
  • Develop strength, technique, control and balance through repeated practice.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Develop techniques and improve performance in a competitive sport.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.
  • Be involved in an activity that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.

Crate Stacking

Age: Year 5 upwards

Group size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one visiting group leader must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This is a team challenge on the high ropes course. The aim of the challenge is for a team of climbers to build a tower of crates as high as they can before either the tower collapses, or a team member loses their balance and falls off!

The remaining students will be belaying the climbers under the supervision of an instructor. All students will receive instruction at the beginning of the session.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge as part of a team.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication, collaboration, competition and trust.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying)
  • Consider how their actions influence the safety of others (peer belaying).
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team, build trust and develop skills to solve problems.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying).
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Fire Building

Age: Year 3 upwards.

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Our fire building sessions teach groups to use natural materials collected from the woodland, to construct and light fires safely under supervision. Students work in small groups to build, light and keep their fire going for a set time period. Older groups attending for a day visit may also like to incorporate outdoor cooking with this activity. Please contact Cuffley staff for more information.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge as part of a team.
  • Learn the three elements that make up the fire triangle and how the properties of natural materials affect their use as fuel.
  • Learn the techniques required to construct, light, and keep a fire going for a set period of time.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication and collaboration.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Learn the three elements that make up the fire triangle and how the properties of natural materials affect their use as fuel.
  • Learn the techniques required to construct, light, and keep a fire going for a set period of time.
  • Work in a team to carry out a task and solve problems.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

You will need 

Food if outdoor cooking

Group Development through Problem Solving

Age: Year 2 and upwards.

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. As groups will be working in teams, it is recommended that 4 visiting staff members accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1h 20mins

Activity Session Overview

The aim of this session is to develop team skills such as cooperation and communication within groups. The group is split into smaller teams of between 6-8 students. Each team carries out a series of practical problems that they must work together to solve. Each set of problems is aimed at specific year group. Challenges include swamp crossing, plank skis and minefield. For older groups, point scoring can be included to develop a competitive element.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Engage in a cooperative, physical, activity.
  • Develop balance and coordination.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge as part of a team.
  • Participate in team challenges that promote communication and collaboration.
  • Evaluate and recognise their team’s success.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team, build trust and develop skills to solve problems.
  • Evaluate their performance and consider future improvements.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe

High All Aboard

Age: Year 5 upwards

Group Size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting school staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This is a team challenge on the high ropes course. The aim of the challenge is for each team member to climb to the top of our high pole and stand on the platform at the top. As more team members climb onto the platform the team must work together to ensure no one falls off. Up to 4 students can complete the challenge at one time. The more climbers there are the more difficult the challenge becomes!

The remaining students will be belaying the climbers under the supervision of an instructor. All students will receive instruction at the beginning of the session.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harness and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge as part of a team.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication, collaboration, competition and trust.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying)
  • Consider how their actions influence the safety of others (peer belaying).
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team, build trust and develop skills to solve problems.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying).
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

High Level Balance Beam and High Traverse

Age: Year 4 upwards

Group Size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This in an individual challenge. The aim of this challenge is for each student to balance across a high level beam, a postman’s walk and a multi vine suspended at increasing heights above the ground.

All students will be belayed during this activity by a trained member of staff.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop confidence and trust in others.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

Inclined Beam and High Level Traverses

Age: Year 5 upwards

Group size: 12 students (Max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This is an individual high ropes challenge. The aim of the activity is for each student to balance up an inclined wooden beam, across a postman’s walk and a multi-vine suspended at increasing heights above the ground.

All students will be belayed during this activity by a trained member of staff.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop confidence and trust in others.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop confidence and trust in others.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Jacobs Ladder

Age: Year 5 upwards

Group size: 12 students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1 hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This is a team challenge on the high ropes course. The aim of the challenge is for a group of climbers to work together to climb to the top of the Jacobs ladder.

The remaining students will be belaying the climbers under the supervision of an instructor. All students will receive instruction at the beginning of the session.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge as part of a team.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication, collaboration, competition and trust.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying)
  • Consider how their actions influence the safety of others (peer belaying).
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team, build trust and develop skills to solve problems.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying).
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Leap of faith

Age: Year 5 and above.

Group Size: 12 Students (max): 1 Tutor. At least one visiting group leader must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

This is an individual high ropes challenge. This activity has two parts. Climbers must first climb up a wooden pole and onto a platform at the top. They then take the ‘leap of faith’ and attempt to catch the trapeze bar suspended from the high ropes course.

All students will be belayed during this activity by a trained member of staff.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop confidence and trust in others.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop confidence and trust in others.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Mountain Biking

Age: Year 3 and above

Group size: 12 Students (Max): 1 Tutor. At least one member of visiting school staff must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview

After carrying out safety checks on their bikes, students will cycle along a mountain bike route through the woodland. The woodland at Cuffley Camp provides a series of mountain biking routes of different technical ability. These range from cycling along open woodland tracks to cycling through dips, over obstacles and sections of more difficult single track. Each route will be selected according to group age and experience, but all will provide students with the opportunity to challenge their ability and build confidence. Students must be proficient in riding a bike to carry out this activity and will complete a short cycling test during the safety talk.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Learn and apply new skills and techniques with increasing levels of control and confidence.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Develop techniques and improve performance in a competitive sport.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.
  • Be involved in an activity that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.

Orienteering Skills (Map Work)

Age: Year 1

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

This session consists of a series of short map skills games to improve student’s understanding of orienteering. It is suitable for either younger groups who need to gain more familiarity with map skills before attempting an orienteering course, or for older groups who wish to learn specific skills. Groups can choose from a range of skills including using and devising simple maps, locating positions and features, and using symbols and keys.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1/2

  • Use simple compass directions (N,S,E,W).
  • Describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • Recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features on simple maps.
  • Devise a simple map.
  • Use and construct symbols and keys.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Learn, apply and develop new skills.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

Orienteering Skills (Compass)

Age: Year 1

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied be visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 30min – 1 hour depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

This session will enable students to learn about and use compasses to navigate their way around Cuffley Camp. These activities can be taken as stand alone session or prior to carrying out an orienteering course. Groups can choose from a range of activities including making a giant compass from natural materials or carrying out a compass point or compass bearings trail.

Session aims and Outcomes (depending on activity chosen)

Students will;

KS1

  • Use simple compass directions (N, S, E and W) and locational and directional language.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

KS2

  • Learn and use the 8 points of a compass to navigate along a route.
  • Learn and use compass bearings to navigate along a route.
  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Learn and develop new skills.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

Orienteering (Course)

Age: Year 2 and upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Overview

This activity provides groups with an introduction to the sport of orienteering within a safe and secure location. After an introduction to map reading techniques, students work in small groups or pairs to navigate their way around an orienteering course.  A course will be selected suitable for the age and/or ability of the group. 

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS3/4 participants can choose to carry out this activity as a team challenge with a competitive element.
 
KS1/2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Understand the principle of ‘bird’s eye view’ and use north to set a map.
  • Identify features using symbols and keys
  • Use a map to navigate around a series of controls.
  • Learn, apply and develop new skills.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual or physical challenge.
  • Develop skills and techniques in map reading and orienteering.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.
  • Be involved in an activity that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.

Problem Solving Initial

Age: KS1

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. As groups are split into teams a minimum of 4 adults are recommended for this activity.

Activity Length: Approx. 1 hour

Activity Session Overview

This activity aims to introduce students to the concept of working together through a series of team building games. Students will have the opportunity to co-operate, share ideas, listen to and give instructions, take turns and consider others.

Activity Aims and Outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Engage in a co-operative physical activity.
  • Develop balance and coordination.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

Rope Protected Tree Climbing

Age: Year 5 upwards

Group size: 12 students (max): 1 tutor. At least 1 visiting group leader must accompany the group.

Activity Length: 1hr 30min

Activity Session Overview.

This is an individual challenge. The aim of the activity is for students to climb to the top of our Scots Pine tree.

The other students will have the opportunity to belay the climbers under the supervision of an instructor. All students will receive instruction at the beginning of the session.

For all high ropes activities participants are attached to ropes and wear safety harnesses and helmets.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop climbing techniques.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying)
  • Consider how their actions influence the safety of others (peer belaying).
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Set goals and overcome challenges outside of their physical/emotional comfort zone.
  • Develop climbing technique.
  • Learn and apply new skills (peer belaying).
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Shelter Building

Age: Year 2 upwards.

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Groups are set a survival scenario and given the task of building a shelter for their team using natural materials found in the woodland. Each shelter must meet set criteria e.g. strength, insulation and waterproofness, and are tested at the end of the activity to see how well teams have achieved this.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1/2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Design and construct a shelter that fulfils set criteria (e.g. strength and size).
  • Select and use a range of natural materials from the woodland.
  • Participate in a team challenge that promotes communication and collaboration.
  • Evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents an intellectual and physical challenge.
  • Work in a team to design and construct a shelter that fulfils set criteria (e.g. strength and size) using a range of natural materials.
  • Evaluate performance and consider improvements
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Tracking

Age: Year 1 upwards.

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

This activity allows groups to make and follow trails using natural materials. The group split into two teams at the beginning of the session. One team lays a trail of symbols into the woods and hides at a selected point. The other team then has to follow the trail and try and find them. Both teams are given the opportunity to be hiders and seekers.

Session outcomes and objectives

Students will;

KS1/2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity as part of a team.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

Up and Under Course

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Students negotiate a series of obstacles along a route through the woodland. The course incorporates natural obstacles such as climbing over and under trees and their branches and man made obstacles including hurdles, cargo nets and tunnels. Great fun for those who don’t mind getting a little muddy! Emphasis is placed on personal safety and awareness of others over uneven ground.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1/2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity challenge.
  • Develop agility and coordination.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.

KS3/4

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity which presents a physical challenge.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Understand the safety implications when participating in an adventurous activity and how to manage risks to heath, stay safe and keep others safe.

Water Bombs

Age: Year 3 upwards.

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

This is a great activity for hot summer days. The aim of this activity is for the children to make as many origami water bombs as possible and then use the bombs to have a water fight together. On days when the weather isn’t so good the bombs can be thrown at scoring targets instead.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS2

  • Take part in an outdoor and adventurous activity as part of a team.
  • Engage in a collaborative physical activity.
  • Apply and develop new skills.
  • Be physically active for a sustained period of time.
  • Take part in an activity that promotes a healthy, active life.
  • Manage risks and stay safe.

 

Environmental Activity Descriptions

Art in Nature

Age: Early Years/ Foundation

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 30min – 1 hour depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

This activity aims to encourage children to be creative in the woods. Children use natural materials to explore colour and texture and create art work. Group can chose from the following activities;

Natural colour strips, texture scavenger hunts, leaf matching, leaf and bark rubbings and natural sculpture.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Explore the woodland using their senses
  • Carry out activities that investigate colour, texture and shape
  • Create art work using natural materials

Art in the Environment (Residential)

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Students create art work using natural materials collected from the woodland and local environment. Groups may choose from the following options;

Soil Painting: Students use charcoal to sketch the outline of a tree growing in the woodland. They then paint their tree with soil paint they have made using soil collected from the local environment. The surrounds are painted with watercolours to add colour and contrast. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Natural Sculpture: The artist Andy Goldsworthy is used as inspiration for this activity. Students work in small groups to create sculptures using natural materials collected from the woodland. The sculptures are ephemeral and are left in the woodland until they naturally disintegrate and disappear.

Recycled Paper: Groups make recycled paper from paper pulp and decorate it using natural materials from the woodland. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Green Man Masks: Students use leaf and bark rubbings to create and decorate a mask of the Green man. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Use colour, pattern, texture, line and shape.
  • Learn about the work of other artists (natural sculpture).

KS2

  • Use art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials including charcoal, paint and natural materials.
  • Learn about the work of other artists.

Brock the Badger Trail

Age: Year 2 upwards.

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

This activity combines map reading and animal investigations. Groups will use maps to navigate their way to questions about the animals living in the woodland. Students must answer the questions and unscramble letters to find out what Brock the Badger is eating for dinner!

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

  • Learn about and answer questions about the animals living in a woodland habitat.
  • Use and develop skills in map reading and orienteering.

 

Environmental Art

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Each art activity takes 1 hour

Activity Session Overview

Students create art work using natural materials collected from the woodland and local environment. Groups may choose from the following options;

Soil Painting: Students use charcoal to sketch the outline of a tree growing in the woodland. They then paint their tree with soil paint they have made using soil collected from the local environment. The surrounds are painted with watercolours to add colour and contrast. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Natural Sculpture: The artist Andy Goldsworthy is used as inspiration for this activity. Students work in small groups to create sculptures using natural materials collected from the woodland. The sculptures are ephemeral and are left in the woodland until they naturally disintegrate and disappear.

Recycled Paper: Groups make recycled paper from paper pulp and decorate it using natural materials from the woodland. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Green Man Masks: Students use leaf and bark rubbings to create and decorate a mask of the Green man. Each student creates their own piece of artwork to take away.

Hessian Weaving: Students collect a selection of natural materials e.g. plant stems, leaves and flexible sticks and weave them into a piece of Hessian to create a hanging. Each student creates their own art work to take away.

Leaf Hangings: During this activity students make a pattern or picture from natural materials and place it inside tissue paper coated with a glue and water solution. The tissue paper dries and hardens holding the picture inside. When hung in a window, the light shins though the tissue paper similar to a stained glass window. Each student creates their own art work to take away.

Leaf Matching and Printing: Students collect different leaf shapes from the woodland and use them to create ink rubbings and prints

Camouflage Art: Students select a natural object from the woodland to take back to the classroom. They then use water colours/and or oil pastels to match the colours of the object and recreate it’s patterns to try and camouflage it.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Use colour, pattern, texture, line and shape.
  • Learn about the work of other artists (natural sculpture).

KS2

  • Use art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials including charcoal, paint and natural materials.
  • Learn about the work of other artists.

Habitat Walk

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

During this activity students are encouraged to investigate the different animals and plants living at Cuffley Camp. Students will visit different habitats to search for animal evidence such as feeding signs, footprints and animal homes. Students will also learn about the different trees growing in the woodland and how the woodland has been managed to help wildlife. Where time allows, environmental games can be played to emphasise key concepts.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Be introduced to the term ‘habitat’ and ‘microhabitat’
  • Explore and answer questions about animals living in a woodland habitat.
  • Identify and study different plants and animals within a woodland habitat and observe how living things depend on each other.
  • Become familiar with common names of woodland mammal, birds and trees.
  • Understand the basic needs of animals for survival and how a woodland habitat provides such needs.
  • Identify and name different sources of food and consider simple food chains.
  • Understand how to care for animals in their local environment.

KS2

  • Revisit the terms ‘habitat’ and ‘microhabitat’.
  • Identify and study plants and animals in a woodland habitat and observe how living things depend on one another.
  • Understand the basic needs of animals for survival and how a woodland habitat provides such needs.
  • Use simple keys to identify trees.
  • Compare the teeth of carnivores and herbivores, and suggest reasons for differences.
  • Compare and contrast diets of different animals.
  • Identify how a woodland habitat changes over the year.
  • Explore an example of human impact on a woodland habitat.

Hibernating Mice

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1h + 15min

This activity investigates the use of different materials as insulators. Students make nests for ‘mice’ (test tubes containing hot water) from natural and man made material and measure which material keeps their mouse the warmest.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Learn about the changes that take place during different seasons and how animals are adapted to this change.
  • Investigate the properties of different natural and man made materials
  • Learn that some materials are better thermal insulators than others.
  • Use thermometers to measure temperature.

Invertebrate Study (Woodland)

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

During this activity groups use sampling equipment to collect, identify and observe invertebrates collected in a woodland habitat. Learning emphasis can be placed on a range of topics including habitats, food chains or classification. Please discuss your requirements with Cuffley staff before your visit.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Explore and answer questions about animals in a woodland habitat.
  • Identify, observe and name common woodland invertebrates, including those that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • Be introduced to the terms ‘habitat’ and ‘microhabitat’.
  • Consider why invertebrates live in woodland habitat and how the woodland provides their basic needs for survival.
  • Identify and name different sources of food and consider the idea of a basic food chain.
  • Understand how to care for invertebrates living in a woodland habitat.

KS2

  • Identify and study animals in a woodland habitat.
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name living things in a woodland habitat.
  • Identify, compare, and group animals without skeletons by comparing movement.
  • Compare and contrast the diets of different animals.
  • Construct and interpret food chains identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • Consider life-cycle changes in woodland invertebrates.

Investigating Plants

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 30min – 1 hour depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

This day allow students to investigate the huge variety of plant and fungi life growing at Cuffley Camp. Students will study the diversity, life cycle and structure of plants and investigate how they interact with their environment. Groups can choose from a selection of the following activities. Please discuss your requirements with Cuffley staff prior to your visit. 

Tree and Plant identification using keys: Students use a range of keys to identify the trees and plants growing in the woodland.

Plant Life Cycle Trail: Students use a map to locate life cycle pictures hidden in the woodland. Students work as a team to collect all of the pictures and place them in the correct order showing the plant life cycle.

Flowers – Survey, Structure and Pollination: Students study and sketch the structure of a flower and learn about the role the flower plays in reproduction. Students survey the different flowers growing at Cuffley and consider and observe insects visiting plants where possible. 

Seed dispersal (Season dependant): Students investigate the different seeds, nuts and berries growing in the woodland; consider how they disperse, and why dispersal is important for plant growth.

Effect of light and temperature on plant growth: Students use sampling equipment to investigate the effect of sunlight and temperature on plants growing in the woodland.

Fungi (Season dependant): Students investigate the diversity of fungi growing in the woodland; discover how fungi differ from green plants and the role they play in a woodland ecosystem.

Woodland Management: Students learn about how the woodland has been managed for the benefit of humans and wildlife.

Session aims and Outcomes (depending on activity chosen)

Students will;

  • Identify trees, plants and fungi in a woodland habitat using keys.
  • Explore plant life cycles.
  • Consider plant structure and function.
  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
  • Explore the part that flowers play in the lifecycle of flowing plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
  • Explore and observe fruits and seeds and relate their structure to how they are dispersed. 
  • Investigate the effect of light and temperature on plant growth.
  • Explore an example of human impact on a woodland habitat.

 

Land Use Observations

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 45min – 1 hour

Activity Session Overview

Students create land use maps of the local environment.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Use and interpret maps and keys.
  • Name and locate key features and land use patterns.
  • Observe and record physical features in the local area.

 

Literacy in the Environment (Residential)

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Students use the woodland as inspiration to create stories and poems and improve descriptive language. Groups may choose from the following activities:

Scavenger Hunt: Students are given a list of descriptive words (e.g. rough, smooth). They must then try and find a natural object that fits each of the descriptions they have been given.

Alliteration and Collective Nouns: Students use alliteration and collective nouns to describe natural materials collected from the woodland.

Poetry Trail: Students use a map to find lines of a poem hidden around the woodland. Students must collect the lines and arrange them in the correct order to complete the poem.

Descriptive poetry: Students use the animals in the woodland as inspiration to create Kennings poems.

Story telling: Students are read a short story set in a woodland habitat. They must then use the woodland and their senses as inspiration to continue the story and share it with the rest of the group.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

  • Develop understanding and enjoyment of stories, poems and non-fiction.
  • Use adjectives, alliteration and collective nouns to describe the natural environment and extend vocabulary.
  • In stories, describe settings and characters, discuss characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives and predict what might happen next.
  • Use the natural environment at inspiration to write poems and continue stories.
  • Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class.
  • Retrieve and record information from non- fiction texts.

 

Mammal and Moth Trapping (Residential)

This activity is only available for residential groups.

Age: Year 2 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

In this activity students set up and put out Longworth mammal traps in the evening and return the following morning to discover what they have caught. The mammals are released back into the woodland after being observed.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

  • Understand how to care for animals in their local environment.
  • Identify and study animals in a woodland habitat.
  • Consider the characteristics of mammals and insects including their similarities and differences.

You will need

Rubber gloves (1 pair per student)

Maths in the Environment (Residential)

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

Students use maths to investigate the environment at Cuffley Camp. Choose from the following activities.

Measuring tree girth and age, calculating tree height and canopy spread or estimating and measuring natural objects and distances.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1/2

  • Use measuring equipment to estimate, measure and compare natural objects in the outdoor environment.
  • Record and interpret data collected.

Natural Materials

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group size: 35 Students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1 hr.

Activity Session Overview

Students will collect, investigate and sort natural materials through woodland scavenger hunts and use natural materials to construct homes for woodland animals. Emphasis is placed on making homes that keep animals warm, strong and safe.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Explore, identify and name a range of natural materials.
  • Describe simple physical properties of materials.
  • Design and make a home for an animal based on set criteria.
  • Find out about the basic needs for animals for survival.
  • Consider the suitability of natural materials for particular uses.
  • Consider the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

Natural Number Wonders

Age: Year 3 and above

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

Bring maths to life using the outdoor environment. Students carry out a range of activities that use maths to investigate the plants and animals living in the woodland. Activities can be chosen from the following list. Please discuss your requirements with Cuffley staff prior to your visit.

Estimating: These are fun activities that encourage students to estimate and measure natural objects and distances walked using measuring equipment.

Tree Measurements: Choose from; Estimating and measuring tree age, height and canopy spread. Calculate branch angles and leaf area.

Grids and Co-ordinates: Mark the co-ordinates of natural objects on grids. Follow a compass points or bearings trail. Plot and follow co-ordinates on a treasure hunt around the woodland.

Symmetry: Investigate symmetry in natural objects.

Data Collection and Interpretation: Use sampling equipment to collect and interpret data about invertebrates and/or plants in different habitats. Make tally charts and Venn diagrams. Calculate percentage cover in plant investigations.

Session aims and Outcomes (dependant on age and activity chosen)

Students will;

  • Use a range of measuring equipment to estimate and measure objects in the outdoor environment.
  • Collect and interpret data about animals and plants in different habitats.
  • Read and plot the co-ordinates of natural objects.
  • Identify natural objects with reflective symmetry and draw their reflection using mirrors.
  • Calculate percentage cover.
  • Calculate the area of leaves.

 

Nature Detectives

Age: Early Years/Foundation

Group Size: 35 Students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

This activity aims to give children the opportunity to explore and investigate the natural world in a woodland setting. Emphasis in this activity is placed on finding out about the animals and plants living and growing in the woodland. Groups may choose from the following activities;

Animals Detectives: Which animals live in a woodland habitat? Children are encouraged to search for evidence of animals living in the woodland. They may find holes, nests, eaten food, feathers, footprints, fur and droppings. Lucky (quiet!) groups may also spot the animals themselves.

Animals Homes: This activity asks children to consider what animals need to survive. Children are asked to make nests from natural materials that would keep a woodland animal safe and warm. Children work together in groups and describe what they have made to others.

Mini-beast Hunt: Children use simple sampling equipment to collect, identify and observe mini-beasts living in our log pile habitat.

Seasonal Observations: What happens in the woodland at different times of year? Children are encouraged to consider what is happening outside during their visit. Depending on the season children can hunt for germinating seeds, flowers and leaves or seeds and berries.

Session Aims and Outcomes (depending on activity chosen)

Students will;

  • Explore, observe and find out about animals and plants living in a woodland habitat.
  • Explore, observe and find out about the changes taking place in the woodland throughout the seasons.
  • Develop confidence in being outdoors and staying safe

 

Numbers in Nature

Age: KS1

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

Bring maths to life using the outdoor environment. Students carry out a range of activities that use maths to investigate the plants and animals living in the woodland. Activities can be chosen from the following list. Please discuss your requirements with Cuffley staff prior to your visit.

Estimating and Measuring: Carry out number scavenger hunts. Estimate and measure natural objects and distances walked. Measure the age and height of trees using simple calculations and measuring equipment.

Shapes and Patterns in Nature: Investigate shapes and patterns in natural objects. Collect and sort natural objects. Match leaf shapes. Create patterns and shapes using natural materials.  Find symmetrical natural objects

Data Collection and Counting: Collect and record data about animals and plants in different areas. Count animals, plants and natural objects.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will (depending on activities chosen)

  • Use and extend vocab e.g. longer/shorter, tallest/ smallest, heavy/light etc. through scavenger hunts.
  • Use measuring equipment to estimate, measure and compare natural objects in the outdoor environment.
  • Use knowledge of counting in 10s when calculating tree age
  • Identify common 2D and 3D shapes in nature.
  • Sort natural materials and use them to make patterns and pictures.
  • Collect and count plants, animals and/or natural materials, record numbers on worksheets. Make tally charts.
  • Record and interpret collected data.

 

Our Senses

Age: Reception upwards

Groups Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

This activity aims to encourage students to use their senses to explore the woodland environment. Please choose from the list below.

Sight: Students may create natural colour strips, become animal detectives and investigate animal camouflage or create art work using natural materials.

Touch: Students may create feely boxes, carry out texture scavenger hunts or play ‘meet a tree’.

Listening: Students may carry out listening exercises and games in the woods and create natural musical instruments.

Smell: Students can create smelly cocktails using natural materials from the woodland.

 Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Use their senses to investigate and explore the plants, animals and natural objects in a woodland habitat.
  • Consider which parts of the human body are associated with each sense

 

Plant Explorers

Age: KS1

Group Size: 35 Students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional stall members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

The aim of this activity is to give students an introduction to the plants growing in a woodland habitat focussing on plant structure and diversity and their lifecycle throughout the year. These activities may be taken as stand alones or in combination to form a whole day. Please discuss you requirements with Cuffley Staff.

Plant Parts: Students may observe, sketch and label woodland plants, carry out plant scavenger hunts and leaf matching games, make leaf and bark rubbings from collected leaves or create Green Man masks.

Plant Life Cycle Trail: Students use a map to locate life cycle pictures hidden in the woodland. Students work as a team to collect all of the pictures and place them in the correct order showing the plant life cycle.

Seasonal Observations: Students may consider the changes that take place in the woodland throughout the seasons. Dependant on time of year students can look for germinating seeds and new growth, flowers or seeds and berries.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Explore and answer questions about plants growing in a woodland habitat.
  • Identify and name common plants, trees and plant structures.
  • Consider the requirements of plants for germination, growth and survival and the processes of reproduction and stages of growth.

 

Pond Investigation

Age: Year 1 upwards

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

This activity gives students the opportunity to investigate the animals living in a pond habitat. Groups use pond dipping equipment to carefully catch, identify, observe and record pond creatures before returning them to the pond. Learning emphasis can be placed on a range of topics including habitats, food chains or adaptations. Please discuss you requirements with Cuffley staff prior to your visit.
                                                                                                   
A safety talk about staying safe around water will be given prior to the session.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Explore and answer questions about animals in a pond habitat.
  • Identify, observe and name common freshwater invertebrates, including those that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • Be introduced to the terms ‘habitat’ and ‘microhabitat’.
  • Consider why animals live in pond habitat and how the pond provides their basic needs for survival.
  • Identify and name different sources of food and consider the idea of a basic food chain.
  • Understand how to care for animals living in a pond habitat.

KS2

  • Identify and study animals in a pond habitat.
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name living things.
  • Compare and contrast the diets of different animals.
  • Construct and interpret food chains identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • Consider life-cycle changes in pond animals.

You will need

Plastic gloves if you wish students to wear them.

Rocks and Soils

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 35 Students (max): 1 Tutor Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activities chosen.

Activity Session Overview

Students investigate the rocks and soils at Cuffley Camp and in the local environment. Activities can be taken as stand alones or together to form a whole day. Please discuss your requirements with Cuffley staff prior to your visit.

Rocks: Students may sort rocks into different categories, observe and draw rock crystals, learn about local rocks and consider how their properties affect their use or look for rocks on a walk around the woodland

Soils: Students may identify different soil types using keys, observe soil profiles and separate particles using sieving, investigate and identify leaf litter decomposes or use soils to create and use paints.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Explore different kinds of rocks and soils, including those that are in the local environment.
  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of appearance and simple physical properties.
  • Use hand lenses to identify and classify rocks.
  • Learn how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped in rock.
  • Learn the soils are made from rocks and organic matter.
  • Explore different soils and identify similarities and difference between them.

 

Story Trails

Age: Early Years/Foundation

Group Size: 35 Students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 45min – 1 hour

Activity Session Overview

This session gives children the opportunity to act out familiar stories in the woods  During this activity children follow a story trail though the woods, acting out main events as they go. Groups can choose from either the Bear Hunt or the Red Riding Hood Trail.

Session aims and Outcomes

Children will;

  • Listen to and recall a familiar story through reading and actions.
  • Develop confidence in being outdoors and staying safe

 

Stream Investigation

Age: Year 4 upwards

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1 hour per activity below.

Activity Session Overview

These activities aim to provide students with the opportunity for a ‘hands on’ investigation of a stream system. Students will gain an understanding of position of Cuffley Camp’s streams within a larger system, understand and identify common stream features and processes, and carry out practical investigations on physical characteristics. Activities may be taken as stand alones or in combination to form a whole day. Possible activities;

Identifying Stream Features: Students are taken on a walk along Cuffley brook to identify common stream features and processes including erosion, deposition, meanders, dams and plunge pools.

Stream Mapping and Sketching: Students use maps to identify the position of Cuffley and Grimes brook in it’s environment, learn about it’s route from source to mouth, and draw sketch maps of sections of the stream identifying common features.

Stream Measurement Studies:  Students use measuring equipment to carry out investigations on stream features and processes. Studies include; Stream Pebble Investigations, X-Section Measurements and Speed of Flow calculations (dependant on time of year).

Session Aims and Outcomes (depending on activities chosen)

Students will;

  • Learn about and recognise key stream features and processes
  • Use and interpret maps.
  • Draw and label plan views.
  • Use fieldwork equipment to collect and record data and draw conclusions about physical processes occurring in the stream environment.

 

Village Study

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: ½ day

Activity Session Overview

Students investigate the amenities and services of Cuffley village and consider its function as a commuter village on the outskirts on London. Students will survey shops and services to create land use maps and answer questions about the surrounding area. For this activity groups will be based at Cuffley Camp and in Cuffley village. The day will involved a 1 mile walk to travel between the areas.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Increase knowledge of Cuffley village and the surrounding area.
  • Investigate the shops, services and amenities in Cuffley village and complete land use maps.
  • Understand there is a correlation between the pattern of the town’s shops and services and its function as a commuter village.

Weather Study

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: Various depending on activity chosen.

Activity Session Overview

During this activity students use a range of measuring equipment to investigate the weather conditions at Cuffley Camp. Equipment includes thermometers, anemometers and a rain gauge. 

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

  • Consider how weather changes across the seasons.
  • Investigate daily weather patterns.
  • Understand why it is important to measure and predict weather conditions.
  • Learn about and use a range of different types of measuring equipment.

 

Woodland Study

Age: Year 2 and upwards

Group size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. All groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for offsite visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 1hr 20mins

Activity Session Overview

In this activity students study in detail the different species of trees growing in a woodland habitat. Investigations will concentrate on tree identification, calculating tree age and height and discovering the different animal and plant species associated with trees and woodlands.

Session aims and outcomes

Students will;

KS1

  • Investigate and identify woodland trees and the plants and animals that rely on them using guides and keys.
  • Use measuring equipment to estimate and measure tree age and height.
  • Use knowledge of counting in 10s when calculating tree age.

KS2

  • Investigate and identify woodland trees and the plants and animals that rely on them using guides and keys.
  • Use measuring equipment to estimate and measure tree age, height and canopy spread.
  • Use the 8 points of a compass when calculating canopy spread.

Woodland Wordcraft

Age: Year 3 upwards

Group Size: 30 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 30min – 1 hour depending on activity chosen

Activity Session Overview: Use the outdoor environment as inspiration for literacy. Activities can be chosen from the following list. Please contact Cuffley staff to discuss your requirements before visiting.

Scavenger Hunts: Students are given a list of descriptive words (e.g. rough, smooth). They must then try and find a natural object that fits each of the descriptions they have been given.

Alliteration and Collective Nouns: Students use alliteration and collective nouns to describe natural materials collected from the woodland.

Poetry Trail: Students use a map to find lines of a poem hidden around the woodland. Students must collect the lines and arrange them in the correct order to complete the poem.

Poetry (Writing): Students use the animals in the woodland as inspiration to create Kennings poems.

Stories in the Woods: Students are read a short story set in a woodland habitat. They must then use the woodland and their senses as inspiration to continue the story and share it with the rest of the group.

Sensory Writing Frame: Students use a simple writing frame and their senses to describe the woodland.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Develop understanding and enjoyment of stories, poems and non-fiction.
  • Use adjectives, alliteration and collective nouns to describe the natural environment and extend vocabulary.
  • In stories, describe settings and characters, discuss characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives and predict what might happen next.
  • Use the natural environment at inspiration to write poems and continue stories.
  • Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class.
  • Retrieve and record information from non- fiction texts.

 

Words in the Woods

Age: KS1

Group Size: 35 students (max): 1 Tutor. Groups must be accompanied by visiting group leaders. Please follow county guidelines for off site visits when providing additional staff members.

Activity Length: 30min – 1 hour depending on activity chosen

Activity Session Overview: Use the outdoor environment as inspiration for literacy. Activities can be chosen from the following list. Please contact Cuffley staff to discuss your requirements before visiting.

Scavenger Hunts: Students are given a list of descriptive words (e.g. rough, smooth). They must then try and find a natural object that fits each of the descriptions they have been given.

Poetry Trail: Students use a map to find lines of a poem hidden around the woodland. Students must collect the lines and arrange them in the correct order to complete the poem.

Stories in the Woods: Bring stories to life by following our Bear Hunt or Red Riding Hood trail or read a short story set in a woodland habitat and their senses as inspiration to continue the story.

Sensory Writing Frame: Students use a simple writing frame and their senses to describe the woodland.

Identification charts and keys. Students listen to and follow instructions and read simple identification charts and keys.

Session aims and Outcomes

Students will;

  • Develop pleasure in reading by listening to poetry and stories in the woodland.
  • Use adjectives to describe natural objects and extend vocabulary.
  • Become familiar with popular stories, recognising and joining in with predictable phrases and actions.
  • Use understanding of sentences and punctuation to construct poems and read aloud.
  • Read simple non-fiction texts e.g. identification charts.