Primary School Activities
“ Young people are intensely curious and should be given the opportunity to explore the world around them.” DFES 2006
“We are convinced that out-of-classroom education enriches the curriculum and can improve educational attainment.”
House of Commons Education and Skills Committee Report
‘Education Outside the Classroom’ January 2005
Here at the Medina Valley Centre, we offer a broad and creative curriculum for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 pupils.
The habitats of the Centre’s grounds, adjacent countryside and fieldwork localities across the Island, provide a rich and stimulating learning environment. The programmes we offer teach pupils a wide range of scientific and geographical skills which can be interwoven with literacy,numeracy, art, design technology, ICT, PHSE, history and music topics, specifically tailored to your school, to really enrich and stimulate and leave a lasting learning experience. Programmes can either be residential, or be part of a day visit to the Centre.
Transition and Team Building Days
We also promote ‘Transition’ days and residential stays to support children moving between year groups, Key Stages or Schools. This popular programme focuses largely around social skills; building confidence,
developing team work and giving pupils a real sense of achievement in all that they accomplish. We also cater for Gifted and Talented pupils as well as running sessions for other vulnerable groups. Programmes can be tailored to the needs of your group and can incorporate orienteering, water
activities, visits to Island sites and habitat study.
Inspiring, Supporting and Extending Young Minds
We also run a number of activity days and residential experiences for Gifted and Talented children, vulnerable groups, lower achievers and those moving towards transition between Year group, Primary and Secondary School. Programmes can be tailored to challenge and extend through critical thinking tasks, as well as nurture and encourage through team challenges, building independence and social skills, whilst drawing teams together.
Creative Uses of ICT
Children are also able to use ICT to enrich learning outside the classroom further. Smart phones are used in navigation and to collect data on plants and animals around the grounds. This information can then be uploaded onto ’Wild Knowledge’ which can be accessed and utilised in project work back at school. Children are also able to create and use a ‘Wild Map’ of your school grounds, nature trails, photo points and documentaries to give real meaning and context to their enquiry. We enable children to use light, temperature, PH sensors and high magnification microscopes to collect data for project work.
A range of activities that are for both residentail and non-residential school groups visiting the Centre.
Some activities are around the Centre grounds and others explore different areas of the Island.
Evening ActivitiesFor residential groups, activities for the evening session are run by our host couple.
Eco-ChallengerOur mobile field study unit that can visit schools and also meet groups at various locations across the Island.
An award scheme that primary school groups are encouraged to participate in and integrate work at school with their outdoor learning experiences.
Download our activity guides and extra resources to get the children learning before their trip or as follow up activities back in the classroom!