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Explore Nature for Key Stage 1 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

KS1 Science Activities

River and Pond

Investigate amazing creatures that inhabit the pond during a hands-on dipping session.  Take a guided walk along the banks of the River Onny and find out about the larger animals that live there; salmon, kingfishers and otters.
Curriculum Links: Science—Living things and their habitats Yr2, Geography
Maximum group size: 54
Cost: £120
 (ex VAT) per group of up to 35, £240 (ex VAT) per group of 36-54   
Available March – November

Green Fingers

Become a plant, find out about the parts of your new ‘body’Investigate trees and flowering plants growing in a meadow environment though games and observational activities.
Curriculum Links: Science - Plants Yr 1 & 2
Availability: May - July only
Maximum group size: 70 children
Price: see the standard price structure below.

Who am I?

Shrink to the size of minibeast and learn about the kind of places they like to hang out. Explore simple food chains; use observation and identification skills while meeting a whole new miniature world of creatures in the Onny Meadows.
Curriculum Links: Science - Animals, including humans Yr 1, Living things and their habitats Yr2
Availability: March to November.
Maximum group size: 70
Price: see the standard price structure below.

Home Sweet Home

Are animals fussy about where they like to live?  Find out the answer to this question EITHER by comparing and contrasting minibeasts in pond and meadow habitats OR undertaking a GPS-led trail to discover the habitats preferred by some of our larger meadow inhabitants.
Curriculum Links: Science - Living things and their habitats Yr2
Availability: March to November.
Maximum group size:70
Price: FOR POND DIPPING Maximum group size: 54   Cost: £120 (ex VAT) per group of up to 35, £240 (ex VAT) per group of 36-54   FOR GPS ACTIVITY Maximum group size: 70 Cost: see charges   

Forest School Taster

A half-term of  bespoke 2-hour sessions; environmental games, use of tools, fire lighting and shelter building.
Availability: Mondays—Fridays during Autumn and Spring terms from EITHER 9.45—11.45 am OR 12.45—2.45 pm. Maximum group size 20.  Cost: 
Maximum group size: 20
Price:£325 for 5 weeks, £390 for 6 weeks

Forest School Outing

If you run a Forest School in your own grounds, we can organise a bespoke session here for you with a fantastic new environment to explore.
Maximum group size: 70   
Cost: see charges  
Available all year


Secret Hills Exhibition

Take a fascinating journey through Shropshire’s past: meet a mammoth, explore an Iron Age roundhouse and take off with our film panorama that drifts across the local landscape like a hot air balloon. Focus tasks will also challenge the children during their time in the exhibition.
Free to any school booking a led activity, otherwise £2.75 per child aged 5 or over; 1 adult to every 10 children free of charge, additional adults £3.25.


The standard price structure for the led activities is:

  • 25 children or fewer – £90 (ex VAT)
  • 26 to 35 children (or one class, whichever number is larger) – £120 (ex VAT)
  • 36 to 50 children – £180 (ex VAT)
  • 51 to 70 children – £240 (ex VAT)

Further information and booking

Click here to download a copy of our 2016 Education Brochure.

 For further details of individual activities, to discuss your individual requirements and/or to make a booking, please call 01588 676060 or contact Laura or Stephanie at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

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