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Getting Ready for a New Season at Paultons Park

professor blast paultonsThe 2016 season is nearly upon the Paultons Park Education Team and there is more than ever to look forward to this year when booking a school trip!

From unique learning days to reward trips, Paultons Park offers a great day out for school visits to the New Forest.

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Out Of Egypt and into the New Forest

Out of Egypt is an interactive, curriculum linked exhibition coming to St Barbe Museum from 16 January to 27 February 2016. If you are teaching Egyptians this term, this is not to be missed.

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Sharing Shorelines and Arts Award Discover

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery are keen to talk to teachers interested in running Arts Award Discover in a Day. Take a look at the work pupils from Pennington Junior School created recently within the Shorelines exhibition. To talk about Arts Award or to bring a group to the museum email learning@stbarbe-museum.org.uk

Sharing Shorelines

Pennington Junior School have taken part in Arts Award Discover at the Shorelines exhibition and created wonderful new pieces of work.

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Discovering Lepe’s Cold War History

The exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded Project at Lepe Country Park.

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© Royal Oberver Corps

Lepe Country Park has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Monitoring Post. The underground post will be restored to its original 1960s condition when members of the ROC were first stationed there to monitor the effects of a nuclear blast should Britain come under attack.

DSC_4902webThe fascinating remnant of the Cold War lies hidden from view at Lepe Country Park. Thorough research will be carried out to uncover why a network of Monitoring Posts were built to protect our shores and how the volunteers charged with manning the post felt about their responsibilities.

“At a given instruction I was to go to the post at Lepe where I would be given arms and would stay until after an Atomic Explosion. After the all clear I would be given a set beat and would be responsible for law and order. At the time I was not happy … to leave my family. Thankfully the orders never came.” Keith David Laurence, Special Constable

We will be hosting an array of activities for families, schools and all our visitors to get involved in over 2015. Contact nia.crouch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.






Whatever the weather.

Knowing that it’s January- cold wet and dark- can make many of us throw out the idea of outdoor learning, before we have really weighted up the risks and benefits. Yet, on the journey to work or school, we are mesmerised by the beauty of a frosty morning, or the reflection of huge puddles water on a saturated Forest lawns and heaths. The learning opportunities in winter are as numerous and fascinating as those long summer picnic days, so remember to look for the value of being outdoors in the cold and make planning “what to wear”, part of the adventure and learning.

dressed for adventure colour inWhat to wear

Most children might not have snow boots and all in one ski suits, but everyone can wear layers and wellies can be cheap. Learn about insulating materials, looking after yourself and making independent choices with children of all ages by planning personal outfits before a trip or walk. Children can decorate and colour in a model, labelling it with their own clothes they intend to wear, or take it home to discuss and plan with parents.

e.g. My pink coat, 3 pairs of socks (the Minnie Mouse ones), a white vest, a blue stripey T-shirt, mum’s woolly hat and my old blue trousers because I don’t mind if they get muddy.

Help children understand that most of our body heat is lost through the head and the usefulness of hats. Test which types of gloves and fabric get wet and cold and which stay dry.

Winter wonderings

Don’t plan to write anything, your fingers will be too cold, but share poems, story walks and walking along songs. Why not hide objects from the story along a route and read the next page together at each stopping point. Going on a bear hunt, Stanley’s Stick, The Stick Man, and The wild, wild woods lend themselves easily to walks for younger children. For older groups, why not take a class book and leave clues taken from random pages of the text to see if pupils can work out which book they are taken from, or, collect random characters, objects and “disasters” which pupils have to fill in the gaps themselves to create their own version of events.

Stream exploring
Thanks to WildHeritage for this picture!

Why not:

  • Find an ice puddle look at the patterns through a magnifying glass,
  • Pick up an “ice lolly”. Experiment with how thick, thin and strong it is.
  • Go for a silent walk, listen to the different noises beneath your feet in the frost.
  • Catch a spider web on camera, beautifully laden with frost.
  • Take a thermometer. Test the temperature difference in a hedge, under logs and under water.
  • Make a nest. Hide a tiny jar of hot water in it and pretend it’s a mouse. is it still warm when your return at the end of your adventure?

On a cold day, you’ll find the best activities are the one that respond to the magical discoveries around you. So, be prepared for anything!

The Underground Farmers


Earthworms, as their name suggests, live within the earth in a hidden world but where they perform an essential service by not only turning over, aerating and loosening soil, but also by recycling dead things! Autumn is a great time to pull on your welly boots, get outdoors and discover these amazing but often overlooked soil engineers at work. Continue reading The Underground Farmers

Add Some Whiz Bang to Your School?

This article highlights one of the stories in Soldiers’ Journey,  a multi-venue exhibition exploring Hampshire’s unique contribution to the First World War, and offers ideas how to celebrate these in your school.

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