Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning sessions take place in the farmyard, Stickyard and Stand wood. They include a range of multisensory and hands-on activities to develop environmental literacy. Farmyard sessions last between 30 minutes and one hour. All other outdoor learning sessions last 1.5 hours.

Plant hunters

Visit can include the house, garden and/or farmyard

Follow in the footsteps of Joseph Paxton, Chatsworth's head gardener during the 6th Duke's time, to search for a very special plant. Pupils will use compasses and learn plant identification skills to journey through Stand wood and find out the story behind the plant. The session finishes with a surprise discovery and a chance to enjoy a special treat cooked on a campfire.

Curriculum links: understanding the world, physical development, personal, social & emotional development

Dens and shelters

Visit can include the house, garden and/or farmyard

Using teamwork, problem solving skills and creativity, this session promotes an understanding of the habitats in the woods and how all living things need shelter. Hunt for minibeasts and build dens and shelters with natural materials that are available in the woodland.

Curriculum links: physical development, personal, social & emotional development, understanding the world

Caring for animals (spring and summer)

Visit must include the farmyard

An interactive one-hour session based in the Oak Barn looking at and handling small animals such as guinea pigs, hens, chicks and lambs or goat kids.

Bottle feeding a lamb or goat kid will be included.

Curriculum link: understanding the world

Seasonal changes: Preparing for winter (autumn only)

Visit must include the farmyard

A one-hour tour around the farmyard looking at how we prepare the farmyard and animals for winter. This will include cows and their dry period, chickens, their egg laying cycle and the life cycle of sheep. We also look at how we adapt their habitat and nutritional requirements to cope with the changing seasons.

Curriculum link: understanding the world

Teaching trees

Visits can include the house, garden and/or farmyard

In partnership with the Royal Forestry Society, Teaching Trees sessions are curriculum linked and build knowledge and understanding through first-hand experience of the natural world, and help to promote the wise management of woodlands. Sessions last 2 hours.

Sessions can be tailored to fit specific topics or learning outcomes, please contact Jenny.Everitt@teachingtrees.org.uk.

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For more information about our learning sessions and to discuss curriculum links, email us at education@chatsworth.org or call us on 01246 565341. 

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