Ages 7-11

Primary school children will love an exciting and memorable visit to the Chillingham Wild Cattle. It will deepen their understanding of some important points in the National Curriculum. The group activity, in novel and stimulating surroundings, will help with their personal and social development. The visit will also reinforce PSHE learning in relation to the wider world, and the importance of respecting and protecting the environment

 

When they arrive, children and their teachers will be welcomed by the Warden in our beautiful new Wild Cattle Pavilion.

   

 

 

After a short orientation they will be driven through our woods to the park entrance where there are wonderful views of Glendale and the Cheviots. The warden will tell them about the Chillingham cattle and their unique habitat and will run a discussion on wild and domesticated animals and how their lives and ours interact in our own habitats.

   

 

 

This leads to the first piece of practical work, which relates to KS1-2 Geography which includes map studies.

Key Stage 1 pupils learn how to orient the map to the location; use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes, for example ‘if we walk to ? we will pass?’. Plus, some basic symbol identification.

Key Stage 2 pupils will describe locations with  compass directions (such as point A is North-West of B etc.) and 4 or 6 figure grid references. They can also compare contour lines to what they can see in the field and describe the route they have taken in more detail. They will be introduced to a wider range of symbols.

The next piece of field work relates to KS1-2 Science. The warden will encourage the children to collect specimens of the remarkably wide range of plants that live in Chillingham Park’s species-rich pasture. They will also watch the behaviour of the cattle – their social behaviour, grazing, chewing the cud, interactions among bulls, cows and calves – all under the guidance of the warden. Binoculars will be provided.

Back at the Wild Cattle Pavilion, after a short break there will be a discussion session where children will review their activities and if time permits discuss a simple food web.