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Bickley Hall Farm Wildlife Discovery Centre – Educational School Visits & Outdoor Educational Packages Cheshire

Location(s)Bickley Cheshire SY14 8EF
Key StagesEYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
Special SchoolsNo
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSNo
FeesFull day of activities costs £150 for a group of up to 30 children Half day of activities costs £75 for a group of up to 30 children Larger groups can be accommodated so if you would like to bring more children then please talk to us
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Cheshire Wildlife Trust is the leading nature charity in the region offering high quality environmental education field trips and tailored sessions for your school or community group.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust can offer your school or community group fantastic opportunities for outdoor learning at a range of locations across the county covering many aspects of the primary and secondary National Curriculum from EYFS, KS1 and KS2, KS3 and KS4 experiences.

The Bickley Barn

Bickley Hall Farm is home to a purpose-built countryside classroom nestling inside one of our 100-year-old traditional cattle barns at the heart of the farm. This all-weather facility complements the array of outdoor habitats such as ponds, meadows, hedgerows and an orchard, which are just seconds from the classroom door.

The barn has two fully equipped teaching rooms, boys' and girls' washrooms (including disabled access), a small kitchen, plenty of bag storage and a patio area with picnic tables to enjoy lunch overlooking the farm.

A visit to Bickley Hall Farm is a unique chance to immerse youngsters into the world of the countryside and nature on a true working farm, with our staff able to bring you closer to rare newts, butterflies, dragonflies and a wealth of underwater aquatic wildlife.

Our great crested newts

The farm is home to the endangered great crested newt. As we have a special licence to handle them carefully we are able to give the children a unique opportunity to get ‘close up’ with the newts and handle them too.

Inspirational outdoor education packages for school children

Pond dipping - The children will work in small groups collecting pond creatures and recording what they find. We will then study them in more depth on our big screen through a goose necked camera. 1½ hours. CL - KS1 & 2 science

Dragonfly Workshop (suitable for Yrs 5 and 6) – This workshop will look closely into the life cycle of Dragon and Damselflies (hopefully we will have seen some during the morning). The children will make a dragonfly on a stick to take home. 1 hour. CL - KS2 Science & Art.

Creatures of the Night Workshop – This workshop will look at which creatures inhabit the habitats at night. The children will learn about tracks and signs left by nocturnal animals. This will lead to barn owl pellet dissection. The children will make a bat hat or a clay hedgehog to take home. Half day. KS1 Science & Art

Minibeast Hunting – Using the farmland at Bickley Hall Farm the children will go on a minibeast hunt. They will search the grassland, hedges and trees using demonstrated collection techniques. 1 hour. KS1 & 2 Science. CL - KS1 & 2 Science.

Wild English - Throughout the seasons there are many opportunities to develop literacy skills outdoor. This session can include creating and telling stories and poetry inspired by the outdoor experience. A naturally framed piece of literature will be made to take home. Half day. CL – Literature.

Wild maths - Using the natural environment children will engage in a number of mathematical exercises to find out things like, how old a tree is, how tall a tree is, how we estimate wildlife populations in nature and how we use counting to help us identify species. Half day - CL Maths.

Natural art - Children will create many varied pieces of art using natural materials and the wonderful colours abundant in nature. Half day - CL Art.

Wild weather – The children will learn how to monitor and record weather conditions at school, become a weather forecaster for a day and look at how weather affects people and wildlife. Half day. CL - KS1 & 2 Geography.

Environmental Games – The environmental games session will reinforce the messages of the day and give the children a chance to apply what they have learnt in a fun way.

Trees throughout the seasons – The children will study the tress on their school grounds. They will learn how to identify them, work out how old they are why they are so important for wildlife and explore them through sensory activities and games. Half day session. CL - KS1 & 2. Science, Art, Maths and Literature.

Green Christmas - This session will be a celebration of Christmas and its place in the natural world. The children will learn about how Christmas can be made more environmentally sustainable. Make green gifts such as nest boxes and bird feeders, turn recycled Christmas cards into gift boxes, new cards and labels and make Christmas decorations from natural materials. Half day. CL - Art and design, Design and technology

We can also come to your school to deliver Forest School if you have a small area of woodland.

We are happy to develop workshops on request – simply contact us to discuss your requirements.


"It exceeded expectations. It was very well organised, fun and informative. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff was fantastic and the children just loved the hands on experiences."
Briererly Street Primary School

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