Extended Schools

Discovery Club at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

We offer a half term of hour-long after-school sessions that are suitable for KS1, KS2 and mixed age groups. The size of group is negotiable and depends on how much volunteer support you can provide. Select a half term of activities from the different options (examples of the activities are below, with each session built around a different subject); except for orienteering which is carefully planned for progression of skills.

Exploration Discovery Club

  • Seeing is believing
  • Iron Age – life long ago
  • Star gazing
  • Digging Archaeology
  • The Ice Age – more than just a movie
  • Soil in all its beauty
  • Do you understand me?
  • Fossil Detectives KS2
  • Dinosaurs! KS1
  • Be a Forensic Scientist
  • What is sound?
  • History of Numbers

Sustainability Discovery Club

  • The three Rs – practice makes perfect
  • Recycling-weaving a newspaper basket
  • Biodiversity I – why do we need them?
  • Biodiversity II – grow and know them
  • Water, water everywhere – but how much is there to drink?
  • Energy Quest
  • Make a newspaper basket
  • How’s the weather?
  • Minibeasts in their golden age – the Carboniferous
  • Animal Signs
  • Seeds – how does your garden grow?
  • Unless, see what the Lorax meant
  • Extinction
  • Draughts
  • Birds

Environmental Discovery Club

  • Tie-dying with natural colours
  • Willow weaving
  • Sticky pictures
  • Hibernation – keeping warm
  • Found object mobiles
  • Charcoal rubbings
  • Stickmen and Lady Loves

Orienteering Discovery Club

  • Location, compasses and cardinal points
  • Understanding symbols
  • Small Scale Map Practice and Estimating Distances
  • Orientation of map using a compass
  • Orientation of map using terrain
  • Putting knowledge and skills into practice

After-school Forest School

As Forest School has become so popular across the county, let your children continue with the fun, or discover it for the first time.

The half term of hour-long after-school sessions are led by our Level 3 Forest School practitioners who have a wealth of experience running environmental sessions.

We offer a bespoke programme of activities which builds upon any previous participation in Forest School at school and takes into account the age, ability level and interests of the group. It could include:

  • Campfire cooking
  • Trail making
  • Tying and using knots
  • Natural artwork
  • Using wood and tools to make boats, people, cars, snowmen or minibeasts
  • Environmental games that explore trees, plants or minibeasts

The size of the group and nature of the activities we can offer depends on the amount of volunteer support you can provide. We recommend a ratio of 1:3 at KS1 and 1:6 at KS2 if using tools and fire lighting. If not, the ratio can be higher. The maximum group size at any time is 15 with 2 adults.

Availability and Charges – Discovery Club

We can run clubs from the second half of the autumn term up to the Easter holidays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Cost: £225 + VAT for 5 weeks, £270 + VAT for 6 weeks.

After-school Forest School

Due to daylight hours, this runs in the first half of the autumn term or the second half of the spring term on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Cost: £225 + VAT for 5 weeks, £270 + VAT for 6 weeks.

Further information and booking

Click here to download a copy of our 2018/19 Education Brochure.

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

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