It’s been another busy year for us in the Paultons Park Education Team. We’ve welcomed many school groups to the park for education and recreational based visits, delivered new workshops and ran our 2nd successful year of Summer Club.
With much to look forward to in 2017, we look back and highlight some of our favourite moments from the 2016 season
‘Science in the Park’
In March 2016, we launched our first ever ‘Science in the Park’ event in association with British Science Week. During this unique event, we welcomed schools to a day filled with free biology and physics based workshops, free animal trails and keeper talks.
We were delighted to host The University of Southampton with their amazing astrodome. This was a highlight for visiting schools and they loved learning about space in this interactive session.
We are looking forward to welcoming more schools to our 2nd ‘Science in the Park’ event on the 10th March 2017 which is going to be even bigger and better than last years. We are again thrilled to be hosting The University Of Southampton and their astrodome and our new guests Bournemouth University who will be wowing students with their ‘Science of Soap’ and ‘Dinosaurs, Adaptation and Evolution’ workshops.
For more information on ‘Science in the Park please visit: https://paultonspark.co.uk/science-day.
Two new exciting curriculum based workshops were introduced at Paultons Park last season; Rollercoaster Physics and Meet the Minibeasts.
Rollercoaster physics teaches children the basic forces in motion of many of the rides in the park. The main purpose of this workshop is to discover how a rollercoaster completes a loop-de-loop and the students do this through an interactive investigation using a model of K’nex rollercoaster.
We decided to offer something different to our array of workshops this year and decided to launch a Minibeast based workshop in order to explore adaptation and habitats using real-life invertebrates. Children get up close to the invertebrates in the Lab and discover the interesting and unusual facts about these creatures.
Summer Club and Critter Crew
We ran our 2nd Summer Club during the Summer Holidays in 2016 for children aged 8-12. We offered three different types of experience days for children to come and enjoy at the park. Our most popular day was ‘Animal Antics’ where the children had exclusive access to some of the creatures found in the Lab, the unique oppurtunity to feed our cute Humboldt Penguins and create enrichment toys for our Meerkats. Children loved getting hands on and helping us to complete some of the animal-based tasks around the park.
Our other two days consisted of one day exploring and enjoying the parks rides and the other designing and building new rides out of K’nex.
We also launched our first Critter Crew experience days. Relatively similar to the ‘Animal Antics’ day during the Summer Club, children had the opportunity to do activities based on the animals found in the park.
Our pre-historic dinosaur-themed land, Lost Kingdom, awoke in May 2016. With 2 new brand new family rollercoasters and 6 other family friendly rides, Lost Kingdom has been immensely popular with school groups visiting purely to check this area out. With the opening of Lost Kingdom we have been able to develop a highly interactive dinosaur based workshop for our primary school visitors which will launch in the 2017 season. Students will be able to encounter our tame-ish T-rex Max in his enclosure and learn more about how he lived and his prehistoric adaptations.
Now that the 2016 season is well and truly over the Education team are busy planning and prepping for another season. With another year of welcoming schools to the park, another ‘Science in the Park’ event and new workshops to launch, 2017 is shaping up to be another busy, yet exciting year in the Education Department.
For more information on our ‘Science in the Park’ event or school visits please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://paultonspark.co.uk/education/.