Primary School Visits

Primary School Activity Examples

We feel it is very important for children to experience and appreciate nature throughout the seasons and therefore we offer an exciting range of activities all year round. Please see the list below for inspiration. All sessions are tailored to meet the needs of your group.

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All activity options are available for full or half day visits and we are open every day during term time. If there are any specific topics you would like to be covered through an outdoor learning experience please do not hesitate to contact us and we will put a bespoke session together for you. The following activities can be included and combined within any visit.

Activity Options

Minibeasts (terrestrial invertebrate studies): Search for invertebrates in different habitats. Students use collecting trays, bug boxes, sweep nets, beating trays, pooters and recording sheets. Comparisons can be made between woodland and meadow habitats. Learn how species are adapted to their environment and their roles within food chains and webs.

Pond Dipping (aquatic invertebrate studies): Use nets to collect freshwater invertebrates from the pond. Identify those found using keys, produce scientific drawings and count specimens. Key adaptations and lifecycles.

Kick-sampling in the brook: Wellies are essential to get into the brook, use special nets to collect creatures that live in moving water, place in trays of water to study their structure and movement closely, discover their use as biological indicators of water quality.

River Studies and the Water Cycle: The River Stour, Losh House Brook, Pitmire Island and the floodplain all provide perfect resources to study river processes, water flow, and the water cycle. The brook is small enough to stand in and collect measurements of brook conditions and speed of flow, pollution studies and water quality, can link with biological sampling. 

Plant Studies: Examine and identify native plants in different habitats. Study plant growth and distribution, reproduction and seed dispersal. Learn the names of numerous native wildflowers and trees and create guides to take-away.

Creative Activities & Forest Schools: Using natural materials found on the reserve create anything from a leaf crown to a stick pyramid, a willow mini-raft, to a child-sized den; whatever your imagination can create with the resources around you. Our site is also perfect to inspire art and photography at all levels, creative writing, outdoor music and drama. We can include mindfulness and environmental ethics within a session too.

Seasonal Specialities: As we are open all year round different opportunities present themselves according to the seasons. With stunning autumn colours inspiring creative visits and festive fun sessions are fantastic in the early winter. Geography visits early in the year when landscape features are most visible, new life for surveying in the spring and bountiful wildflowers in the summer.

Active Conservation: Schools can give involved in looking after our beautiful nature reserve, building habitat piles and bug hotels, throwing seed bombs and planting trees.


We can come to you!


Our Education Officer is available for outreach visits to your school depending on availability and can offer:

  • Assemblies

  • Outdoor activity tasters

  • Indoor environmental workshops – Go Green!

  • Tree planting (Nov-March)

  • School grounds consultancy




Please note that spring and summer terms are our busiest time at Daws Hall. If you would like to visit to our beautiful reserve, please contact us now to select your date and book.


Please use the contact button for bookings and information.

Many thanks for your interest!