School trip to The Sustainability Centre
With a holistic, practical and creative approach to education the Sustainability Centre is here to explore how they can all make greener, healthier and more ethical choices.
The Sustainability Centre is an independent learning and study centre, a beacon for sustainability and an award-winning social enterprise charity in the heart of Hampshire’s South Downs, UK.
Some of the KS1 and KS2 Primary school topics they offer
Eco Buildings – KS2
Pupils will have a go at building using some eco – friendly buildings materials that have been used in developing countries or can be applied to projects in school or in the community. Pupils work with clay and sand, with earth bags, with willow and mini shingles. They will understand how an earth oven is built, how a earth bag arch can be made to carry their weight and how shingles are applied to a roof for maximum waterproofing.
With potential applications explained this is a chance to get really hands on and get a feel for the materials. Pupil’s will learn that they can handle materials effectively, working in groups and gain knowledge of simple eco-building processes.
A design activity can be included to link the tour with the hands on activity and help to focus ideas for sustainable community buildings.
Ideal for years 5 and 6 but year 4 can also enjoy the activities as part of a school eco topic. Allow 1.5 – 2 hours.
Back in the Class Room
Post visit activities could include building model eco houses to include some of the features seen on site.
Human and Physical Geography KS2
Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
Design and Technology KS2
Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
Mini Beasts In Their Habitat – KS1
All living things need food, water and shelter. Let’s get out and about to discover what lives in the herb garden, meadow, hedge or woodland. They look at camouflage with a a wooly worm game and take the opportunity to identify plants and animals, their parts and life stages while hunting for a range of mini-beasts.
Pupils can build mini-beast shelters and make mini-beasts out of clay. We will explore habitats in different ways using our senses to discover colour, scent, sound and texture. They care about all their creatures on site and try to help by providing healthy habitats.