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Five Inspirational Places to Visit With Your Students This June

Written by: Elmtree Press

What with the awful weather that we have been having over the past few weeks, here are five inspiring attractions to visit this June to cheer your class up!

North Wales

This weekend the weather should be improving and at GreenWood Family Park in North Wales they are celebrating Father’s Day by allowing free entry to all Dads who visit with at least one full paying child.

GreenWood is great fun for children as well as Dad’s who are young at heart! Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Plus, build a Den in the Wild Woods, take off your socks and shoes for the BareFoot Trail or take a ride on the fabulous Moon Karts.

*Offer only valid on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019, only one per transaction. For more information and to book your tickets please visit ourwebsite. 


Dorset

Monkey World is pleased to have achieved the Learning Outside the Classroom Award!

Monkey World knows there is more to learning outside the classroom than just monkey-ing around, and so are delighted to have received the LOtC award in recognition of the efforts of its education team by the Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation.

Schools and youth groups are offered a choice of  workshops and presentations on a variety of subjects to support the curriculum. With over 260 primates of 22 species, the curriculum comes to life at the rescue centre- whether learning about conservation, the impacts of deforestation, life cycles or even chimpanzee politics!

As well as the obvious science links, Monkey World’s rescue work lends itself to persuasive writing, and the rare and endangered species at the park often find themselves at the centre of art projects.

Education Team Leader, Annie Bentley has said 

“We are delighted to have our efforts for schools recognised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. We know that pupils visiting Monkey World leave with a better understanding of not only our own work in primate rescue and rehabilitation, but also the wider issues affecting primates across the globe. As educators, there is no better feeling than seeing young people leave Monkey World inspired and determined to protect these endangered species.”

The Monkey Mobile- coming soon to a classroom near you!

If you cannot visit Monkey World well they can now come to you!  Thanks to the donation of a car from a supporter!  Monkey World were shocked and grateful to hear they were the recipients of a supporter’s legacy, which included the Toyota IQ2, after a supporter sadly passed. With her gift to Monkey World in her will, this Monkey World fan has ensured that her love of primate conservation and welfare will be passed onto a whole new generation. The education team can now visit schools within a 100 mile radius, with workshops and talks on Monkey World, and curriculum based learning- all wrapped up within animal welfare and conservation.

For extra excitement, the car has been ‘monkey-fied’- decorated with images of the popular faces at Monkey World, from orang-utan Gordon to chimpanzee Rodders, and lots of others beside! Monkey World would like to thank Toyota Westover for sponsoring the car’s transformation, and Mac Signs for carrying out such beautiful work. Hopefully, the students will be able to see the team coming now!

If you’d like the Monkey Mobile to visit your classroom, or to arrange a school visit, please contact 01929 401022 or email education@monkeyworld.org


Bristol

Blaise House Museum, Bristol, are offering new learning sessions to help support your teaching.  Once a family home, this 18thcentury mansion brings history alive, allows creative minds to thrive and gives children a chance to get up close to nature!  

Key Stage One (KS1) 

Discover Toys - Discover what toys are made from and how they work, then take some time to play!

Investigate Seasons - Observe seasonal changes to trees and investigate spring or autumn weather as you explore the parkland of Blaise estate and make nature crafts.

At Home with the Harfords: Victorian Life - Step back in time as you join ‘Acting Out’ for a dramatic exploration of life in a Victorian stately home.  This session is fuelled by object handling, props, fun and imagination.

A Victorian Christmas 2019 - How did the Victorians celebrate Christmas? Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in a 19th century household. Create Christmas crafts and finish with yuletide carols by the fireplace.

Key Stage Two (KS2) 

Roman Life at Bristol’s Villa - Explore the archaeological site of Bristol’s Roman villa, accidently discovered in the 1940’s. 

Investigate Habitats - Explore how animals and plants can be classified and how animals adapt to their environment in the beautiful grounds of Blaise estate.

Iron Age experience - Did you know there is an Iron Age Hillfort at Blaise Estate? Discover what Iron Age people ate, where they lived and what they wore. Get hands-on with traditional Iron Age Crafts.

World War Two Evacuation Day – Your pupils will dress up and become evacuees for the day as they discover more about life on the Home Front and take part in wartime themed activities.

Archaeology in action!  Discover how archaeology is used to gather evidence about peoples’ lives in the past and what it takes to be an archaeologist. Activities include: Rot or not, mini excavation and ‘field-walking’.

Yorkshire

20th July – 1st September

It’s going to be a turtle-y awesome summer here at The Deep, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Get hands on in our very own ‘turtle hospital’ where youngsters can get up close with a giant turtle (a cuddly one, of course) and find out what it takes to look after our flipper-ed friends. Learn all about turtle anatomy and even help the team carry out a turtle health check. Inspect their eyes, nose and mouth, as well as checking their flippers and shell then report back to us on your vet examination form.

Take part in the turtle trail and find out about more about the species that live all around the world and the challenges they face. 

Enjoy interactive presentations from our guiding team at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get your face painted in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm. Plus we will be giving you the chance the put your questions to our Turtle Keepers via our Facebook page each week. So get your thinking caps on!  

Visitors to the turtle hospital will also receive exciting discounts in the shop, so it’s the perfect time to take home your own cuddly turtle to care for!

6 - 21 July

Recommended for ages 8+

Manchester

Free tickets for schools and educational groups are available at the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester

Schools and educational groups can experience Rafael Lozano Hemmer's Atmospheric Memory for free as part of Manchester International Festival 2019. 

Atmospheric Memory is a breathtaking interactive art environment, where you can hear, see and even touch the sounds that travel through the atmosphere. 

Nearly 200 years ago, computing pioneer Charles Babbage said that the air is a 'vast library' that contains a record of every word ever spoken. This unmissable installation asks: was he right? 

You'll also get to see a rare object from the Science Museum Group's collection as part of your visit. A section of Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which constructed by his youngest son, will be on display alongside Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's new artworks. 

Free tickets for schools and other educational groups will only be available to book until 19 June, so plan your visit now.