Schools

Wildside reconnects young people of all ages and abilities with nature and brings learning to life.
An accredited Learning Destination for the Children’s University

Contacts:
Hordern Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0HA
Phone: 01902 572240
Email: info@wildsideac.co.uk

Easy access, meeting room holds up to 50 for briefing, toilet facilities including toilets for those with disabilities, parking for cars and minibuses; drop off for coaches.

Bus routes:
5,5A from Codsall and Wobaston;
6, 6A from Town;
62,62A circular fromTown, Compton, Tettenhall.

Wildside can provide your young people with:

  • activity sessions led by inspirational and well qualified staff
  • an exciting context for learning
  • environmental activities that link to other curricular areas
  • activities adapted to the needs of your young people
  • an outdoor environment and indoor classroom
  • Flexible, adaptable programmes to meet individual school needs
  • Activities for EYFS through to A level including those with SEND
  • Pre/post visit planning and ideas
  • Risk assessment provided
  • Staff development opportunities

Use of the narrow boat as a moving classroom
Problem solving; team building 
Staff away days, including a boat trip 
Transition bonding visits e.g. junior to secondary; entering 6 th form
Multi activity days, for example: 
  Canoeing, den building, pond dipping, cycling (over 10 years old)

Need support to make the most of your grounds?

Call in the Conservation Project leader who will:

  • prepare plans
  • submit quotations
  • and carry out the work with the Wildside volunteers
  • ensure safeguarding and health and safety are covered.

Contact:
Email: volunteering@wildside.co.uk 
Phone: 01902 572240

Flexible, adaptable programmes to meet individual school needs

Activities for EYFS through to A level including those with SEND

Pre/post visit planning and ideas

Risk assessment provided

Staff development opportunities

Training for teachers on outdoor education

Understanding the world-exploring and observing their world
Communication and language –speaking and listening in a range of situations
Physical development –being active and interacting with the environment
Personal, social and emotional development– understanding appropriate behaviour in groups; Increasing confidence through interacting with different environments and people
Literacy – listening to and creating words and poems linked to this interesting outdoor environment
Numeracy – looking for shapes and measuring objects in the environment
Expressive arts and design – collecting natural materials to provide stimuli for art activities; Using sounds, sights and smells of nature for music, movement and dance activities

Opportunities in:
Science: work and think scientifically in the environment, developing science skills e.g. observation, data gathering, questioning across a range of content, including plants, animals, birds, insects, materials, seasons, electricity
English: develop speaking (talking about their discoveries), reading (investigating and researching) and writing (using a variety of genre) from first hand experiences
Mathematics: explore the principles of mathematics through the environment that they visit
Design and technology: use the observations they have made to design and make products linked to the environment e.g. bird boxes, insect homes; cooking and nutrition using herbs
History: investigate times past, using the canal, to contrast with the environment today and the future
Geography: cover aspects of physical and human geography using the local environment including the local canal and railway system
Computing: manipulate data collected and research, organise and store information relating to the environment back in school
Music: create their own music through observation and sounds
Art and design: use the environment to explore and record their experiences through for example, painting, sculpture, using a variety of media; link their own observations of the environment to artists and designers both past and present.
Physical education: develop their physical confidence as they explore their environment

biology/science topics such as habitats, eco-systems; water quality; pollution; surveying,
transects and tracking; pollination; species identification
problem solving and team building
transition days
technical topics (bird boxes, green woodworking, gardening and planting, crafts)
energy and sustainability, solar power
bike maintenance and cycle rides
canoeing (including Paddle Power qualifications and GCSE level);
creative writing, art, numeracy, history in an outdoor learning context

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