Our Sessions

Our Sessions

Informative and engaging, our curriculum-linked learning sessions make the most of the fantastic outdoor environments at our centres and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. Led by experienced staff, sessions are very much hands-on, promoting learning through exploration and discovery.

We also offer a wide range of self-guided learning opportunities with all resources provided in order to help you make the most of your day.

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Curriculum linked themes:

How do animals live in a pond?

Catch freshwater animals and explore their adaptations, body parts and behaviour. Use your observations to group animals and make predictions. What do you think your animals do in the pond and what do they need to survive?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

What lives in a pond?

Dip with nets in our wildlife ponds to find freshwater invertebrates. Explore and identify the animals you catch using magnifying glasses and ID keys. How will you describe your animals and how do they compare?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

What affects a pond?

Investigate environmental change and human impact in freshwater habitats. Work scientifically to catch and identify animals, make observations and record your findings. What will the animals you catch tell you about the health of the pond?

Suitable age:

Further / higher education Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds?

Explore wetland birds and biodiversity first-hand. Use our binoculars to compare the birds you find, study what they're eating, how they move and the habitat in which you found them. What differences will you identify in the birds and why?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Flight and Migration Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What are the differences between birds and me?

Get nose to beak with birds to spot the differences between birds and humans. Explore what we all need to survive, compare body parts and observe how birds behave. What will you see them doing and what do we do that's similar and why?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

How do birds live in a wetland?

Follow swans, ducks and geese to study what they get up to and identify how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. From webbed feet to oiled feathers, what features will you spot in the birds you find and what difference do they make?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

Which birds live in a wetland?

Take on the role of a WWT scientist and launch your own bird spotting enquiry. Choose your kit, plan how to record your findings and work scientifically observing and identifying birds in wetlands. Which birds do you think you'll spot and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats

What do birds eat and how?

Identify sources of food in wetlands, construct food chains and observe feeding adaptations from ducks up-ending for plants to waders probing mud for invertebrates. As seasons change how does this affect the food available and how do birds adapt?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats

What do eggs and young birds need?

See life inside an egg and explore wetland habitats to find ducklings, cygnets and goslings. Consider where you found them, observe what they do and describe their physical characteristics. What will you spot that's key to their growth and survival?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How do birds fly?

Handle wings and feathers and observe birds in flight, from fast flapping ducks to gliding gulls. Compare flight patterns and explore how bird bones, shape and size make a difference. Which adaptations will you spot and what effect do they have?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Flight and Migration

How and why do birds migrate?

Meet migratory birds, identify what they need to survive and what it takes to meet these needs as habitats change seasonally. Explore distances birds travel, how they navigate and what influences their journey. Where are they going and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How and why do we monitor birds?

Children are given the opportunity to examine species and to monitor birds closely to understand how and why conservationists monitor wildlife. They are encouraged to think about how monitoring wildlife tells us about their habitats and what it takes to conserve species

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

How can we help migratory birds?

A chance for learners to work as conservation scientists identifying migratory birds and analysing the threats they face. From weather and poaching to changes in land use, learners can use our conservation work to explore and discuss the challenges migratory birds face and the action WWT is taking, including the protection we offer birds at our wetland nature reserves and our work internationally on migration flyways. Using these examples learners can begin to question and predict actions we might need to take in the future and if threats aren't addressed discuss the impact this might have on certain species.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Flight and Migration Living Things and Habitats

What lives in a wetland?

Explore wetland habitats and microhabitats using all your senses. Identify, name and group the plants and animals you find. How do they compare to one another and what do they all need to survive in a wetland?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Amphibians and Invertebrates Living Things and Habitats Plants

What lives in this habitat?

Investigate habitats including woodlands and meadows. Identify and group the plants and animals you find and explore their adaptations. How are they suited to their environment and could they survive in a wetland habitat?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Amphibians and Invertebrates Living Things and Habitats Plants

How do mammals live in a wetland?

Meet our cheeky otters. Use first-hand observations to work out what they need from wetlands and spot how they're perfectly adapted to their environment. What physical characteristics do you think you'll see and why?

Suitable age:

Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Birds and Mammals Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

Which invertebrates live in a wetland?

Discover wetland habitat and identify the invertebrates you find there. Investigate their environment, what they do and study their size, shape and movement. How do they compare and what makes them different to vertebrates?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

Which plants live in wetlands?

Explore wetland habitats to find plants living under water with floating leaves to plants with floating seeds. Identify and group your findings, investigate their needs and look for adaptations. What will you spot that helps each plant to survive?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1 Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Plants

How can we get close to wildlife and look after it?

Find out about WWT's work to protect wetland habitats and wildlife and experience the techniques we use to bring people and wildlife closer together. What do you think we do and how does it help our conservation work?

Suitable age:

Early years Further / higher education Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change Living Things and Habitats

What happens to my water?

Experience the water cycle first-hand, investigating water as it moves through wetland habitats; slowing down and getting cleaner on its way to the river. Who and what benefits from this natural system and how might we affect it?

Suitable age:

Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4

Curriculum Themes:

Ecosystems and Environmental Change

What needs water?

Hunt for the things that need water to survive and identify how wetland habitats meet this basic need. Investigate plants and animals that need lots of water and those that don't. If they had more or less water, what would happen?

Suitable age:

Early years Key stage 1

Curriculum Themes:

Living Things and Habitats Plants

Which minibeasts live in wetlands?

Search for minibeasts in different wetland habitats. Observe and identify the creatures you find using magnifying glasses and ID guides. How do they compare and how are they designed for their particular wetland home?

Suitable age:

Early years

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Amphibians and Invertebrates Food Chains and Webs Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

How do animals live in this habitat?

Play the ‘bugs and their jobs game’ then catch woodland invertebrates, identify them and discuss the answer to the title question. Lower KS2 play the ‘Who Am I?’ game to refine ID skills. Y5 play the class game of sorting into six animals and their life cycles. Y6 develop the idea of animal adaptations leading to evolution for survival.

Suitable age:

Key stage 2

Curriculum Themes:

Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance Living Things and Habitats Lifecycles

Guided learning sessions are not currently provided at . However, we are able to offer an extensive range of self-guided learning opportunities for your group. We may be able to tailor a session to meet your specific needs. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Please see our centre page or contact us for further details.

Whilst guided learning sessions are not currently provided at Caerlaverock, we are able to offer the following range of self-guided learning sessions:

  • Lifecycles - spring and summer
  • Amphibians and Invertebrates - spring and summer
  • Living Things and Habitats - summer
  • Plants - summer
  • Ecosystems and Environmental Change - all year round
  • Birds and Mammals - all year round
  • Adaptations, Evolution and Inheritance - all year round
  • Food Chains and Webs - all year round
  • Flight and Migration - all year round

You will be provided with all of the equipment required upon arrival.

Please download our Self-guided educational visits leaflet or contact us for further details.

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