School Groups at Magor Marsh

School group at Magor MarshSchool group at Magor Marsh

We pride ourselves in offering schools a tailor made service to suit individual class needs. If you don’t see something here that meets your requirements ... please ask! “It was a great day at Magor Marsh. I had a lot of fun and learned lots of facts!” - Liam aged 9

 

 

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE


The activities listed below are just a few of our more popular ones.  The activities last for ½ day but can be extended to a full day.  Many schools stay for the day and experience the delights of Magor Marsh more fully by combining a couple of the activities below.  You can come any time of year - it will be different every time but we'll always take care to adapt to your needs! 

 “I'd no idea you offered that range of activities ....so it was great to see what else we could do there. They (the children) had an absolute whale of a time!”  Mrs Knight (Pembroke School, January 2019)

PRE-SCHOOL TRAILS

Trails designed specifically with 3-5 year olds in mind.  These fun-packed trails involve a short, very simple craft activity and a toddle around the reserve where children engage in some fun and simple activities.  Trails include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,  Gruffalos Child, Brown Bear, Brown Bear,  Leaf Man, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Rhyme Time, Birds Birds Birds, to name but a few!  See the Early Years Section below.
 


REEN DIPPING
Come and discover what’s lurking in the watery depths of our reens!  Depending on the age of your children, you’ll learn a bit about the history of the reens, how to reen dip safely and what kind of creatures live in the water.  This can very naturally lead onto food chains within the reen!  Come back to the classroom for a really close encounter with your ‘finds’ using our microscopes and magnifying glasses, and learn some fascinating facts about these creatures.  A guaranteed hit!  For older children you may like the focus to be on classifying, using Id keys or animal adaptations.  You can also hget a CREST Discovery Award for these activities.

 

MINIBEASTS
Go in search of minibeasts that inhabit Magor Marsh.  Look under logs, shake some branches and rummage in the grass.  If you look really carefully you might even find a newt, frog or toad!  Learn to identify some of the minibeasts you find there.  You may wish to use just one technique, or why not have a go at a few, so that the children understand that minibeasts live in a variety of habitats.

 

PLANTS AND TREES
Learn to identify some of our beautiful plants and flowers or trees.  Produce some detailed and annotated drawings to aid recognition and memory.  Some of our plants can even be useful!  An activity that certainly enhances the children’s observational and drawing skills.  For those looking for a more scientific slant on things, we can look at plant / tree parts, what they need to grow, reproduce and how seeds can be dispersed.

 

POLLINATION
Getting up close and friendly with flowers, only to pull them apart to find out exactly how they work and the importance of pollination and native plants.  All reinforced through a spot of acting and running around!

 

TOPICAL DEBATES
...Out in our Forest School!  Thinking about what the impact of a motorway relief road might be on the local environment and its inhabitants – human and otherwise.  Be prepared to get into character!

 

SWAN TRAIL
A Trail exploring the life cycle of the swan.  The children will find out for themselves how big a swan’s nest is, build one and compare their arm span to that of a swan’s wingspan.  Alternatively we can do a session on birds in general and their features, in our Birds, Birds, Birds, trail.

 

 

SENSES AND CAMOUFLAGE
Come and explore all your senses to the max!  Think like an animal!  How well do you cope without sight?  Sniff out another animal?  Or even protect yourself from another animal?

 

LINKING FOOD CHAINS AND BIODIVERSITY
A topic for older children (Y4+) exploring how the survival of animals big and small are inextricably linked with their environment and each other.  It looks at the importance of biodiversity and sustainability and the impact we humans have on them.  A heavy subject delivered with a touch of fun!

 

FOREST SCHOOLS
We are able to offer a Forest Schools service with two trained Level 3 officers, with or without a campfire at Magor Marsh or your own setting.  It is an experience guaranteed to engage, inspire and enthral!  Please ask for further details.

 

LITERACY SKILLS
Instruction writing for your very own den,  creating a Memory Stick and mud monsters are just some of the activities to inspire young poets and wordsworths. 

 

 

MUDDY MATHS 

Counting your steps, measuring the depth and spotting patterns in nature - all ways to have fun with maths here at Magor Marsh.  Ask Kathy and Petra how you can fill the whole day with it!!

 

 

CELTIC ACTIVITIES (NEW!)

We have linked up with the Heritage Lottery Living Levels Partnership to bring you a day of Celtic Fun for your children.  We learn what they ate, how they lived and what was important to the Celts on this site.   A real life experience for everyone. It was a hard life but we'll make it easy for you to understand. 

 

 

OUTREACH 
Many of our activities are transferrable to your setting, so we are able to offer an outreach services for those schools who are unable to come to us.  Please contact us for further details.

 

EARLY YEARS

Featured here are just 5 of our most popular Early Years activities. With enough notice, we can tailor make a session to suit your particular requirements.


THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

This trail around our Magor Marsh reserve, retells the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children become hungry caterpillars themselves, munching their way through all the fruit as they walk through the story, trying to spot the ever growing Hungry Caterpillar. Will one of them turn into a beautiful butterfly? Maybe! They will all make a butterfly to take home.

 


WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT!


Listen to the story, then ... We’re going on a Bear Hunt at Magor Marsh!
But first we’d better disguise ourselves as bears so the bear doesn’t see us coming! Then off we Swishy Swashy go: Through the long grass, the deep cold river ... Just look at the footprints we left behind! Watch out for that snow storm! How does it feel? Oh no! We’ve even got thick oozy mud! Will anyone find the bear? Don’t worry if we don’t, we’ll have lots of fun anyway!

 

ANIMAL HOMES

Where do some of our more common animals live? What are their homes called? What might it be like to live in those homes? Lets see if we can find out! We’ll start with a story, then make a mouse from our story to take out with us, and we’ll see if we can find some of his cuddly friends hiding around the reserve.

 

RHYME TIME!

Our Rhyme Time session allows children to explore some of their favourite nursery rhymes out on our Magor Marsh reserve: Planting seeds in Mary Mary’s garden; Can they ‘Catch a Fish Alive’? Find any of Incy’s or ladybird’s friends? Or make a
mud Humpty Dumpty? ... And... has anyone seen three bags of wool?

 

BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS!

Make a flappy bird to take out with us whilst we go and explore the world of birds in a fun and easy to understand way. Can you stand like a heron? Fish like a kingfisher? What do some of our birds sound like? How do they eat? Can you be a robin eating its dinner? How about a shoveler duck or a warbler? Who got the most food? Its all quacking good fun!

 

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS!

Look out for details of our Christmas Specials for Early Years / Reception classes during the month of December.

 

BOOKING DETAILS
To make a booking or enquiry, please contact Petra or Kathy by

tel: 01633 889048

or e-mail: magormarsh@gwentwildlife.org

 

CHARGES:
½ day visit + £3.00 per child + VAT  (min charge £35)
Full day visit = £4.00 per child + VAT (min charge £50)

(Please note:  We reserve the right to cancel / alter arrangements at short notice if conditions on the reserve are likely to compromise your safety).