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Nene Park Trust can offer a fully flexible range of educational activities for Key Stage 1.

Either select one of our themed days designed to target specific curriculum areas or, with the help of our knowledgeable staff, choose from a wide range of activities to create a day specifically tailored to your individual requirements.

Your course tutor will also be able to suggest appropriate follow up activities to extend pupils learning on their return to school. Full lesson plans and risk assessments are in place for all activities and are available to teachers on request. See below for details of themed days for Key Stage 1. Click on titles to see a detailed programme for each day.


If you are interested in arranging a visit for your class please use the enquiry form or telephone 01733 234193. A member of our education team will then be in touch to discuss your individual requirements and suggest a programme of activities tailored to complement your schemes of work.

Once upon a time

Using traditional tales as a focus, children will consider how to build a shelter for one of the three little pigs, go on a sensory journey to see how the big bad wolf might use his eyes, ears, nose and paws to explore the world around him and discover how the bears keep their porridge just right. Finish the day by seeing if you can do better than Hansel and Gretel by finding your way around our short orienteering trail.


What does it mean to be alive? Come and explore the differences between things that are alive, not alive and have never been alive. Seek out examples of the stages of plant life cycles and, collect, plant seeds or press flowers to take back to school. Spend time investigating our pond life and look for examples of creatures at different stages in their life cycle.

Finding the way

Start the day by creating miniature landscapes and investigate how to draw a simple representation of a real location. Develop your positional language skills as you gain confidence using simple maps. The final challenge of the day is to put all those skills together in an orienteering puzzle using a map to hunt out the location of clues to enable you to decipher the secret message.

Natural art

Without a pencil or watercolour in sight, come and create a mixture of art forms using natural materials. How will you use sticks, pine cones, leaves and bark to make a sculpture? What will your leaf print mask look like? Use clay to produce a traditional wood spirit face. Most of all - have fun being creative and imaginative.

Living things and their habitats

Spend some time getting down and dirty, exploring the habitats of Ferry Meadows. Rumble through our woods lifting logs and spotting what lives there. Explore the meadows and discover which creatures call it home. Delve into the depths of our lake to see what lurks there too. Describe and compare the animals that you find and identify the factors which make these habitats great places to live. Extend your work by discussing food chains or the adaptations that our animals have developed to suit their environment.


A day where pupils will get to experience being pirates for the day! They will get the opportunity to work with their 'crew' to make their own pirate ships from different materials, build a mini pirate camp and find the location of the hidden treasure.

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