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We are happy to adapt programmes and activities to suit your needs and those of your learners wherever we can.

We use Assessment for Learning approaches such as games and plenary discussions. For education enquiries, to request a leaflet about our learning activities or to discuss your visit please telephone 01580 213046.

We recommend that teachers arrange a preliminary visit with the Education Team to discuss all aspects of the programme. 


Sense of Adventure

Pre-school and Foundation Stage. Contains elements from the Foundation Stage.

Key concepts: investigating using senses, listening and talking skills, creativity, first-hand experience of the natural world, sorting and collecting.

This early years programme encourages communication, physical and creative skills. Sensory experiences in the National Pinetum help connect children with the environment in simple terms.


Seed to Soil

Years R-6. Contains elements from the Foundation Stage, KS1 Sc 2 and KS2 Sc 2. Plus links with Geography KS 1 & 2. PSHE & Citizenship.

Key concepts: germination, seed dispersal, growth, competition and the web of life.

This programme investigates the basic aspects of tree life cycles, growth requirements and the dependence of humans and animals on trees. The significance of Bedgebury National Pinetum as a 'zoo for trees' will be covered.


Green Machines

Years 3-6. Contains elements from KS2 Sc 2.

Key concepts: plant structures and their functions, adaptation, photosynthesis, grouping, broadleaf trees and conifers.

This programme explores how a tree works as a green machine, as well as providing opportunities to consider tree classification and diversity using the National Pinetum's conifer collection.


Animal Antics

Years R-6. Contains elements from the Foundation Stage, KS1 Sc 1 & 2 and KS2 Sc 1 & 2.

Key concepts: habitats, grouping, food chains, use of keys, adaptation, life cycles.

Students collect animals found in woodland or grassland habitats, using keys and simple guides to identify them. Implications for food chains and life cycles are explored through observation and games.



Years 5-9. Contains elements from KS2 Sc 1 and 2 and KS3 Sc 1 and 2.

Key concepts: plants and animals in local environments, habitat differentiation, environmental factors.

This programme aims to involve students in making predictions about the wildlife found in different habitats, and to investigate these by observing and recording influencing factors.


Team Tactics

Year 5 up to adults. Contains elements from KS2 & KS3 PSHE and Citizenship, D&T and PE. This programme can be used to achieve a QCA unit in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.

Key concepts: listening and talking skills, working as a team and co-operation, coping with challenges, problem solving, outdoor and adventurous activities.

This programme encourages communication and problem solving skills. Students tackle one or more of the following challenges in groups: team building games, shelter building and orienteering.


Forest Quest (1 hour activity)

Years 2—5. Contains elements from KS 1 & 2 Science.

Key concepts: identification, seeds, grouping, products from trees, trees as homes for wildlife, concepts of rarity, similarities and differences.

Students work in groups to find mystery boxes containing forest-based challenges, from sorting tree products and collecting seeds to becoming animal detectives.


Not just for kids! INSET / CPD

We provide awareness sessions for school staff to experience all our programmes and activities.

For teachers and support staff: we can run a team building day as part of your INSET / CPD activities. Contact us on 01580 213046 to discuss what you would like.

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.