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Environmental Education

178_FCCWe have a strong background in environmental activities and education at the centre and all our courses, where appropriate, include the values of care for our environment and sustainability.

Our modules that we can deliver cover a whole range of environmental enquiry and investigation.

Conservation Sessions: These form a large part of the life of the centre and retain today the same ethos Frank Chapman wanted for the centre back in 1928 – that the centre was for the children and run by the children.

Tree Planting: We are always looking for ways to increase wild birds, diversity and also replace those that fall or are cut down. Planting a tree is a long term investment in the future for anyone young or old.

Woodland Detectives: A study of the field and woodland animals using the clues and evidence they leave behind.

Secret Life of Plants: Investigating the life cycles of green plants, including structure, growth and reproduction.

Mini-beast Hunt: A study of the different habitats and adaptations of terrestrial invertebrates.

Creatures of the Deep: (Seasonal) A study of animals collected from ponds and/or streams with data collection.

Fungus Foray: (Seasonal) An introduction to the form and distribution of fungi, their life cycles and their
importance as decomposes.

Food Chains: The concept of energy flow and feeding relationships in a woodland ecosystem through the study of food chains.

Habitats: Exploring adaptations of creatures to different habitats.

Pond Dipping: Investigation the aquatic mini-beasts that live in Jackson’s Pond. Can be combined with mini-beast hunt.

Curriculum Links:

Key Stage 1

Geography: fieldwork, human and physical vocabulary, geography of a small area, seasons, weather, environment

Science:  Nature, identifying plants and animals, identifying materials, scientific investigation, changes in seasons.

Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Numeracy: Numbers


Key Stage 2:

Geography: Human and physical characteristics, water cycle, habitats, sounds, animals, plants

Science: Nature, environment, ecosystems, food chain, food web

Literacy: Speaking and Listening

Numeracy: Data, patterns

SMSC Links

SocialLinksYoung people encouraged to respect living things, property and the environment through conservation and environmental education.

Moral LinksStudents develop an understanding of shared and agreed values, helping to preserve the ancient woodland and FCC environment for the enjoyment of future generations.

Spiritual LinksHelping students to develop and self and spiritual awareness and understanding of the world around them. Students form questions about the wider world through environmental education. They will reflect on their personal experiences.


Cultural LinksGain an understanding of contrasting cultures. Comparing their own cultural lives to the rural life at FCC.