The children are introduced to and given the opportunity to learn about common birds with the aid of bird specimens. Working in teams and with using binoculars, children visit different locations in the forest to identify and record the birds they see. There is also the opportunity to make bird feeders and to take part in bird craft activities.
Seasonal Shifts (KS1)
Parkanaur Forest provides the ideal location for children to witness and explore first- hand the seasonal changes that take place at Spring and at Autumn. The day begins with a discussion session where children are made aware of changes in forest and wildlife that take place during these two very special seasons.
Park Gruffalo (KS1)
An exciting and thoroughly enjoyable programme designed for foundation/KS1 children. Children take the role of the mouse and follow a Gruffalo Trail around the forest visiting different animal homes on their way while collecting clues left by the “Parkanaur Gruffalo”. Their journey ends at the Gruffalo Cave. A play area is also setup where children can play with Gruffalo puppets, make Jigsaws, play with clay, enjoy Forest Lego and complete different arts and crafts activities.
Code: KS1ENV Park-Gruffalo
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (KS1)
An exciting and thoroughly enjoyable programme designed for foundation/KS1 children. Children are read the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ story and then follow a Bear Trail around the forest based on the adventures in the book (they go through the long wavy grass, deep dark forest, thick oozy mud, deep cold river and swirling whirling snowstorm) answering question and finding teddy bears on their way.
Bugs & Minibeasties (KS1)
Parkanaur Forest provides the perfect location for children to investigate and explore a wide variety of minibeasts. Children will be introduced to various minibeasts with the aid of an interactive PowerPoint presentation, puppets and a practical minibeast quiz. In groups, the children participate in a minibeast safari in the forest and are provided with bug boxes and microscopes to get a closer look at these tiny but extremely important creatures. The day concludes with a minibeast themed craft activity. Structured play also forms part of the day for the foundation age groups.
Code: KS1ENV-Bugs & Minibeasties
Winter Wonderland (KS1)
Children get the opportunity to participate in a “Magic elf trail” around the forest, play a variety of Christmas games, meet Santa and complete a Christmas themed craft. Children are also made aware of the environment at Winter time including changes to both the forest and the wildlife that live there.
Knowing Me, Knowing You (KS1)
A Foundation/KS1 programme designed to help children understand the qualities of a good friend and to be able to recognise a variety of feelings and emotions. The programme begins with a selection of different ice-breaker activities differentiated according to age and with the aim of helping children to learn about and feel comfortable with others from their partner school.
Activities include clumps and circle games. The facilitator discusses various feelings with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation and the day concludes with a craft activity. Jigsaws and puppets are also used to facilitate feelings discussion.
Comparing Diversity (KS1)
A programme based at Parkanaur Forest that enables children to compare diversity in the natural context to that in a social context. The day begins with an interactive presentation including video clips which help to introduce the children to the animals that live in the forest.
Children work in teams to explore the forest and visit different animal habitats. A diversity trail map is used to help locate the various habitats. Throughout the day children will have opportunities to see a variety of wildlife such as White Fallow Deer, Hedgehogs, Frogs and tadpoles. The day concludes with a diversity craft activity.
Respecting Difference (KS1)
This programme allows children and staff to explore different forms of diversity in our society, such as disability, multiculturalism, sectarianism, bullying and gender. As an introduction children participate in parachute games that help them think of ways in which people can be similar or different.
An interactive presentation accompanied with Diversity puppets are then used to help demonstrate diversity. Children participate in discussions related to the puppets and are also given the opportunity to act out some of the scenarios. The session concludes with a craft activity that helps illustrate the diverse nature of our society.
Our Sporting Traditions (KS1)
This programme has two different sessions – “Ball Games or Stick Games”. Children are given the opportunity to learn basic skills about Sports played with a ball including rugby, soccer and gaelic football or Sports played with a stick focusing on hockey, hurling and camogie. Both sessions begin with fast paced ice – breakers focusing on teamwork.
A brief interactive/quiz format presentation is then shown to introduce the different sports to the children. The rest of the session involves the children working in groups participating in skills sessions as well as playing a short game.