Foundation Stage programme - Visits for Early Years students
Wakehurst offers a series of tailored and fun activities to stimulate an awareness of nature in Early Years students. Visits are linked to the curriculum and planned in detail prior to the visit.
The Green Fairy at Wakehurst.
Students join the "Green Fairy" on her quest around the Garden at Wakehurst. They match shape, colours and textures and find enough fallen leaves, petals and twigs to complete the fairy's outfit and make her a head band and/or magic wand. For a grand finale, students have a magical group photograph with the "Green Fairy".
- Length: Typical workshop - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students.
- Miniumum supervision required: 1 adult per 2 children.
- Programme cost: £130.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- match shapes, colours, textures in nature
- make a collection
- listen for sounds in nature
- create a headbank or wand using natural materials.
Links with EYFS areas of development and learning (40 - 60+ months)
All areas of the EYFS curriculum are supported in a cross curricular form especially:
- Knowledge and understanding of the world.
- Problem solving.
- Numeracy and creative development.
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