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THE WASH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE SPRING & SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME

FOR KEY STAGE 1 & 2

The Wash Aerial

The Wash is the largest estuary and the most important wetland site in the UK. The south east corner of the Wash forms the largest National Nature Reserve in England.

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The Wash National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England offers a range of exciting outdoor learning opportunities for schools. It is the biggest reserve in England, covering over 8880 hectares and is one of England's last wildernesses, a place where you can enjoy true tranquility, as well as the excitement of some of England's great wildlife spectacles. Therefore, visits to the NNR will focus on the theme ‘Wild Wash'. The aim of this theme at The Wash NNR is that an understanding of the ‘specialness' and ‘wildness' of the Wash would lead to a respect for The Wash and its wildlife' .

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                                                                                                            Scurvy grass pool - Natural England            

 

BIRD BEAKS (KS 1 & KS2) – Different adaptations - An opportunity to learn about our bird life, and why the Wash NNR is important to them. (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

BIRDS (KS2) Bird anatomy and flight Including field microscope work and an opportunity to make a special bird kite. (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

HIDDEN WASH (KS 1 & KS2) – What can be found under the waves? Including beachcomber touch table and microscope work (plankton study) for Key Stage 2. Can be delivered at your school or at the Green Quay, Wash Discovery Centre.

 

COASTAL WILDLIFE Learn about the wildlife that live in the Wash Estuary . (At Hunstanton)

 

COASTAL GEOLOGYHunstanton cliffs & fossil hunting (At Hunstanton)

 

THE STRANDLINE (KS1 & EARLY KS2) – What the tide left behind? Including strandline hunt and Nature Prints - an opportunity to create your own unique photograph from natural objects found in the strandline.  (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

WALK ON THE WILD WASH (KS2) – Our local heritage Come on an adventure to another part of the Wash, where we will walk from the sea bank to the inner island trial bank at Terrington St Clement. Learn about how the Wash has developed into its current form due to land reclamation and why the salt marsh and mudflat's are important both to the wildlife and as a natural sea defence. Visit the island and learn about its history and man's constant quest to tame the Wash and view the mudflat's with its impressive creeks patterns from the top of the island. Lastly share your inspiration through photography, painting and poetry, which can be displayed at your school.

To be delivered at the Wash NNR near Terrington St Clement. Breeding season runs from March – June, therefore visits to this part of the Wash are restricted to July – October. A maximum of 30 children per visit so that the wildlife living on the Wash is not disturbed. Directions will be given out to schools when booking.

 

THE BARN OWL (LATE KS1 & KS2) – Owl pellet dissection Learn about what a Barn owl ate for dinner. (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

A SPECIAL HABITAT (KS1 & KS2) – Habitats and ecosystems Including a photograph trail, shapes and colours activity and a salt marsh food chain activity. (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

LANDSCAPES (KS2) – An opportunity to gain an overview of the Wash NNR through a landscape map activity and digital cameras on a photo trail. (Near Sutton Bridge)

 

WILD SOUNDS (KS2) – Sounds of the Wild Wash Listen to the sounds of the Wash, have a go at recording wildlife sounds using a special sound equipment and create your own ‘wild' sound effects out of everyday materials. (Near Sutton Bridge)

For an even broader educational experience, why not combine a trip to the Wash National Nature Reserve with a trip to the True's Yard Museum. Complete an activity on the NNR in the morning, then stop for lunch and explore the Museum in the afternoon.

           

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                             Curlew                                                      Starfish 

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BOOKING

Please ring Natural England's Community Outreach Adviser, Sonia Reveley on 01553 818503 or 07920295237 for more information and to book. We are happy to discuss how we may complement, adapt and enrich your curriculum objectives further.

Alternatively email at Sonia.Reveley@naturalengland.org.uk

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PRICES 

All activities will last for approximately 2 -2 ½ hours for the Key Stage 2 and approximately 2 hours for Key Stage 1, though this can be adapted if necessary. There will be a charge of £1 per child to cover the cost of resources, equipment and materials. Unless stated all activities will take place on the Wash NNR, Wingland, near Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.

Any activities taking place at the Green Quay will also cost £ 1.00 per child.

Teachers and helpers can come along for free.

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Health & Safety 

All our education staffs working for Natural England are CRB checked. First Aid provision remains the responsibility of the school; however, our education staff is qualified to provide first aid and will carry a kit.

Risk assessments on all activities are carried out in accordance with Natural England requirements. With each booking made, risk assessments will be made available to schools prior to visit. All students regardless of the time of year should come suitably dressed and prepared for any bad weather.

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TRANSPORT

Schools will need to make their own arrangements to reach their destination. Instructions for coach drivers and coach parking sites will be issued with each booking.

 

                                                          

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To request further details pleaser contact the Community |Outreach Adviser on 01553 818503 or 07920 295237

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To request further details pleaser contact the Community Outreach Adviser on 01553 818503 or 07920 295237