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Harlow Town Park Education Pack

We worked with local schools and the friendly staff in Harlow Town Park to create this education pack. Use it for fun and informative field trips to the park, including Pets Corner.

EYFS 

Pets Corner activity sheet

This is a fascinating city farm where children can learn all about the lives of farm animals as well as pets.

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Understanding the World

Timing

  • 45 minutes

 Resources

  • Clipboards and pencils
  • Worksheets

 Activities (led)

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Percy the Park Keeper activity sheet

Harlow Town Park is a great place to understand the context of the Percy and the Park Keeper stories by Nick Butterworth as well as the opportunity to meet a real life Park Ranger!

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Literacy
  • Communication and Language
  • People and communities

 Timing

  • 45 minutes

 Resources

  • After the Storm by Nick Butterworth
  • Worksheet

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Heritage Trail activity sheet

Children can look at various points of interest in the park and use their observation skills to find objects.

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Understanding of the world

 Timing

  • 30-45 minutes

 Resources

  • Map of park
  • Photo sheet (print and laminate)
  • Information guide

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Peace Wood activity sheet

Peace Wood is a fantastic place for learning all areas of the curriculum.

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Mathematics

 Timing

  • Various short activities

 Resources

  • Leaf Hunt - parcel tape, double-sided tape, cardboard strips (Nature crowns)
  • Seasonal walks – Nature Detective sheets (see below)
  • Life of a Woodmouse – sticky palettes (strips of card with double-sided tape)
  • A Hedgehog’s Dinner visual prompt (print and laminate)
  • Tree Treasure Hunt sheet
  • Animal footprints – Nature Detectives guide (see below)
  • Den building – natural materials (i.e. twigs, leaves, moss etc.), air drying clay (for inside version)

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Sensory Trail

Children can explore the garden using their senses.

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Communication and Language
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 Timing

  • 30 minutes

 Resources

  • Empty egg boxes (1 per child) or sticky palettes (strip of cardboard with double sided tape down the middle) (1 per child) or sticky bracelets (parcel tape around wrist)
  • Paint charts from a DIY shop
  • Visual prompt sheet (print and laminate)

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Water Garden

Children can make observations and practice their counting skills!

EYFS Curriculum Links

  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics

 Timing

  • 30 minutes

 Resources

  • Clipboards and pencils
  • Visual prompt sheets - Counting Birds and Bird Spotting (print and laminate)

> Download it.

Key Stages 1 & 2

Animals in pond habitats

These activities investigate mini-beasts found in a pond habitat at Harlow Town Park. There are a variety of possible locations for this
activity in the Park. Maymeads pond provides an example of a natural pond habitat. Dipping could also take place in Spurriers Park stream or in the Water Gardens.

Activities for Key Stage 1

National Curriculum Links

This activity is mainly aimed at Key Stage 1 but would also suit Key Stage 2 Science.

Science Key Stage 1

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic
    needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and
    name different sources of food

Resources

  • Clipboards, pencils and paper
  • Harlow Town park map
  • Pond nets
  • Trays
  • Plastic teaspoons
  • Magnifying pots
  • Pond creature identification sheets (carnivore/herbivore)
  • Worksheets for identification and tallying numbers of pond creatures
  • Identification keys

Timing

  • 2 hours

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Activities for Key Stage 2

National Curriculum Links

Science Key Stage 2

  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to
    evolution.
  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on
    similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
  • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter
    graphs, bar and line graphs.

Resources

Timing

  • 2 hours

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Shapes in Nature

National Curriculum Links

Mathematics Key Stage 1

  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.

Mathematics Key Stage 2

  • Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them.
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.

Resources

  • Worksheet
  • Map of trail
  • Magnifying lenses
  • Tape measures/rulers
  • Camera

Timing

  • 45 minutes

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Want to find out about our other environmental education and outdoor learning work? We've laid it all out for you here

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