Schools Learning Programme

Sessions and locations

With sessions designed to meet curriculum requirements from early years to college and beyond, we complement classroom activity with a first-hand experience of some amazing wildlife in fantastic environments.

All our sessions are similarly geared towards community clubs and groups looking for a fabulous activity idea and are purposely designed to be readily adapted to meet individual requirements.

Please contact us with any questions or if you need any more information to help you choose. Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk

Activities

Our activities are based on detailed subject knowledge with a child & young person centred approach. Within these themes there are a range of activities that can support your learning needs, class size and age range.

Bringing science and geography to life

Our locations are perfect for bringing science and geography exploration to life. From magnificent meadows, woodland, wetland, a working farm and rocky shores we can cover a huge range of the science and geography curriculum with hands-on experiences.

Please find out more from the download below.

Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk for more information and to make an enquiry.

Creative Curriculum

Getting out from beyond the desk and out in the natural world can inspire real creativity as it captures your pupils’ imagination. Using our nature reserves as a backdrop to learning we can cover a range of subjects including English, Maths, Art and Design, P.E. and much, much more.  This practical approach supports young people develop their resilience, confidence and critical thinking as they learn through doing. 

Please find out more from the download below.

Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk for more information and to make an enquiry.

Session information

Forest/Beach Schools

Forest and Beach Schools are long term programmes within a natural space led by a qualified practitioner. They focus on developing personal, social and emotional life skills through learner led, nature-based activities. The sessions are designed to be child led as they become confident in their skills and creative ideas. Risk taking is managed in a safe environment as young people are supported to find their own solutions which encourages ownership, resilience and pride. Reflection and evaluation has a really important role in supporting the development of teacher and pupil’s relationships which can a have a real and positive impact on the attainment and concentration levels for pupils when back in the classroom. 

Taster sessions are available through our Creative curriculum activities but to really start seeing the multiple benefits we recommend a minimum 6 week programme.

Please find out more from the download below.

Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk for more information and to make an enquiry.

Outreach

We appreciate that it may not always be that easy to visit one of our gateway sites (although they are definitely worth the effort!).

Therefore we also provide the opportunity for our experienced staff and trainees to come to you.  From school assemblies, bespoke sessions to youth groups and supporting your school or youth club to develop your own outdoor learning offer we can provide a range of sessions and activity ideas. Give us a call, set us a challenge and see what we can do for you. 

Please find out more from the download below.

Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk for more information and to make an enquiry.

Session information

Self-led

For our more experienced teachers who wish to develop their own science and geography sessions or youth leaders wishes to push their young people comfort zones, our sites can provide just the habitats and classroom space you need.

Hire out our education centres equipped with Wi-Fi, laptops and projector, toilets and washing facilities and then explore the site with accessible paths and informative interpretation.

Please find out more from the download below.

Call 01904 659570 or email info@ywt.org.uk for more information and to make an enquiry.

Session information

Locations

We have four centres from which we can offer a variety of learning experiences, depending on what criteria you wish to meet. Located across Yorkshire, each one is unique and well worth a visit.

Doncaster – Potteric Carr Education Centre

Easily accessible on the outskirts of Doncaster, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is an oasis for wildlife in an urban environment.

Covering over 200 hectares, the nature reserve comprises a mosaic of habitats, from woodland to wetland which is home to a great variety of wildlife.

Several areas of the nature reserve have been designed with learning in mind, and the site is the perfect setting for wonderful outdoor activities across a range of curriculum topics to suit all ages.

Completing the beautiful natural setting are superb indoor facilities with a well-equipped classroom, onsite toilets, coach parking and accessible paths.

Find out more about Potteric Carr visitor centre here.

Find out more about the sessions available from the download below.

Contact: Email potteric.carr@ywt.org.uk
Tel 01302 365995

Potteric Carr session information

Huddersfield – Stirley Community Farm

Stirley Community Farm is an exciting venture into the world of food and farming. 

The ‘Cre8 barn’, renovated specifically for teaching purposes, sits amidst 250 acres of meadows that are home to grazing beef cattle, a food training garden, orchard and bee hives.

The farm is perfectly set up to inspire people of all ages about the natural world right on their doorstep and provide them with the skills to grow their own food in a sustainable, wildlife-friendly way.

Visiting groups have the opportunity to harvest vegetables and salads from the training gardens and cook healthy and nutritious meals using their finds.

Find out more about Stirley Community Farm here.

Find out more about the sessions available from the download below.

Contact: Email stirleyfarm@ywt.org.uk
Tel 01484 663185

Stirley Community Farm session information

Flamborough – Living Seas Centre

Located amongst the stunning chalk cliffs of South Landing, Flamborough, the Living Seas Centre is the perfect place at which to discover fascinating local marine wildlife.

The centre itself boasts an indoor learning space for up to 30 children. A large screen for showing stunning images and video, alongside lots of props and displays make learning fun, engaging and interactive.

Situated just a short walk from the Living Seas Centre is the wide, open shore of South Landing. Here pupils can discover life in rock pools, scour the shore for strandline treasures and learn about the impacts of marine litter.

Find out more about the Living Seas Centre here.

Find out more about the sessions available from the download below.

Contact: Email livingseas@ywt.org.uk
Tel 01262 422103

Living Seas Centre session information

Spurn Head, nr Kilnsea, Hull – Spurn Discovery Centre

Located on the edge of one of the natural wonders of Britain and offering a unique coastal environment, the Spurn Discovery Centre is a purpose-built gateway introducing visitors to the spectacular wildlife, evocative landscape and rich natural and social history of Spurn.

Dedicated education space within the Discovery Centre provides the perfect introduction to the 3.5 mile tidal island of Spurn, which stretches out across the mouth of the Humber into the North Sea.

One of Yorkshire’s finest remaining wildernesses, Spurn is an intriguing place in terms of the habitats and species waiting to be discovered, spanning beaches, sand dunes and mudflats. 

Find out more about the Spurn Discovery Centre here.

Find out more about the sessions available from the download below.

Contact: Email spurn@ywt.org.uk.
Tel 01964 650144

Spurn Discovery Centre session information