Natural England – Places to visit in the UK

Natural England

Natural England

They say

Natural England’s purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

Our broad remit means that our reach extends across the country. We work with people such as farmers, town and country planners, researchers and scientists, and the general public on a range of schemes and initiatives.

Put simply, our aim is to create a better natural environment that covers all of our urban, country and coastal landscapes, along with all of the animals, plants and other organisms that live with us.

If you are a parent or teacher looking for places to visit in the UK Natural England’s website has a good search facility where you can refine and select the type of place that you would like your children to get to know and understand better.

Amenities

  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Hard Surface Parking
  • Shelter available
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Picnic Area
  • Easy Access
  • Teachers Pack
  • Farm Facts Leaflet
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking
  • Coach parking
  • Habitats

  • Flower-rich grassland
  • Ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Hedgerows
  • Dry stone walls
  • Heathland
  • Woodlands
  • Intensive grassland
  • Arable
  • Heather Moorland
  • Additional resources include searches for local:

  • Farm visits – Educational Access sites provide opportunities for schools
  • National Nature Reserves
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • Nature on the Map – an interactive site that includes maps of Local and National Nature Reserves and Country Parks
  • As well as national resources i.e Visit a National Nature Reserve.

    The also has additional resources for lessons.

    Find out more about Natural England @ http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

    Bike Ability

    Bike Ability
    They say

    Bikeability is the Cycling Proficiency Test for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. There are three Bikeability levels and children will be encouraged and inspired to achieve all three levels, recognising that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike.

    Has a number of online resources, lesson plan and activity sheets, games…

    Useful resource for:

  • Children
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Professional instructors
  • For further information on Bike Ability @ http://www.bikeability.org.uk/

    Kerbcraft Road Safety Website

    Kerbcraft Logo

    Kerbcraft Logo

    They Say

    Kerbcraft is a practical child pedestrian training scheme, developed in Drumchapel, Glasgow, by Professor James Thomson at the University of Strathclyde. It is designed to teach pedestrian skills to 5 to 7 year olds, by means of practical road-side training rather than teaching in the classroom. It is built around teaching three skills:- choosing safe places and routes; crossing safely at parked cars and crossing safely near junctions. These skills are taught over the course of at least 12 roadside sessions. Children are taught in the road environment near their schools, in pairs or groups of three children, by trained volunteers.

    This website provides information for existing Kerbcraft Co-ordinators; for those interested in setting up a new scheme in a local authority, school or other establishment, and for anyone interested in learning more about Kerbcraft.

    Official Kerbcraft resources, funded by the Department for Transport, can be found in the Resources Section of this website, and materials developed by Kerbcraft schemes around the country can be found in the Example Materials Section. The Information Section provides a wealth of additional information and advice notes to help with the set up, funding and running of Kerbcraft. The Kerbcraft Pilot Section provides information and evaluation reports on the national pilot of Kerbcraft, which ran from 2002 to 2007.

    The Kerbcraft website has the following available in the resources part of their website, especially useful for schools and teachers. Manual, support pack, video & DVD, as well as documents detailing Class List, Training Schedules, Child Volunteer Allocation List, Volunteer List, Co-ordinator Visit, Session Register, Incident Record…

    http://www.kerbcraft.org/index.htm

    Dangerous Substances

    Dangerous Substances

    Information sheets on Dangerous Substances with notes and activities for Key Stages 1, 2, 3&4 for teachers and suggested discussion points and pupil activities. Also includes a Risk Assessment sheet & a Symbols quiz

    Find out more about Dangerous Substances @ http://www.rospa.com/safetyeducation/info/dangerous_substances.pdf

    Shorething the RNLI beach website for children, teachers & parents

    Shorething is divided into three sections

    The Young Peoples Section contains

  • Grace Darling – The story Grace became famous for helping her father to rescue the survivors from the SS Forfarshire when the ship was driven by a storm onto Harcar rocks on 7th September 1838. Also includes Lesson plans & Interactive whiteboard activity
  • Safety at the beach – Beach risk safety game & beach volleyball game
  • Cool downloads – Spotters guide, Desktop toy, Wallpapers, Screensavers
  • Blue Peter – About the TV programme Blue Peter and its contribution to the RNLI
  • Games – Beach risk safety game, Train a lifeguard game, Build a lifeboat game, Decision making quiz, Boating safety game
  • The Teachers and Parents Section contains

  • Download lesson plans and whiteboard activities
  • Assessment by subject or activity
  • Fundraising
  • Orderable resources
  • Projects
  • Grace Darling
  • Literacy Activity (Wordplay)
  • The Volunteers section contains

    Information on finding out about joining the RNLI team of Education volunteers who communicate with young people about sea and beach safety and the work of the RNLI. With resources for Education volunteers.

    Find out more @ the Shorething website http://www.rnli.org.uk/shorething/default.aspx?ld=1