FSC Castle Head
School Trips @ Field Studies Council
Due to the government guidance following social distancing we are offering new outreach courses held in the School's grounds to ensure you can still have school trips delivered in a covid-secure way.
FSC offers fieldwork and outdoor learning for groups of all ages at centres across the UK. Trips use our stunning locations to teach curriculum focused work and inspire everyone about the environment.
Our primary field trips enable you to pick and choose from a range of exciting adventure or curriculum sessions to build your own trip. Our visits will immerse primary school children in the natural world, taking in its sights, sounds and smells.
For secondary and A level groups we offer geography, biology and environmental science courses. We can tailor them to your own requirements to ensure you get the most from your visit and trips utilise our local environment to fully engage students.
Bring your subject to life in the outdoor classroom!
Why book Field Studies Council for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
-FSC Castle Head is easily accessible by both road and rail, being only 20 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 and an hour and a half drive from both Manchester and Liverpool. The closest train station at Grange-over-Sands is only 5 minutes’ drive from the Centre.
-Our courses are created carefully to link to curriculum requirements. We can work with you to tailor content to fit in with work back in the classroom.
-We have passionate and experienced teaching staff.
- FSC take care of everything once you arrive; comfortable accommodation, all your meals (residential visits) plus transport during the course.
-We offer different price bands through the year to offer value for money.
-There is an FSC Kids Fund and FSC Bursary Fund available to offer financial support to those who may not otherwise be able to visit us.
- FSC Castle Head is part of FSC, an environmental education charity with 75 years’ experience of providing fieldwork and outdoor learning and a network of UK centres offering day and residential fieldwork opportunities.
-Our charity works in many other ways to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment including through projects working in local communities and lobbying government to include fieldwork in the curriculum.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
A river runs through the grounds of FSC Castle Head which is ideal for raft building. Groups can also do a canoeing expedition playing games and observing wildlife whilst building bonds with one another.
Curriculum topics available: Plants, Animals including humans, Living things and habitats, Ecology and environment, Life Cycles, Minibeasts, Habitats, Underwater Animals and Habitats, Medicine.
We can offer a range of biology courses from fun KS2 to curriculum-based A level trips. KS2 pupils can look at a range of habitats, learning about microhabitats and how they provide the basic needs for living things. Pupils can learn to identify the different structures of plants and name a variety of common animals. We will mini beast hunt and observe them in their microhabitats.
For A level students we have the Life Science centres which allows pupils to look at gene technologies.
Curriculum topics available: Settlement and land use, Natural resources, Population, Urbanisation.
We offer a range of sessions and courses covering human geography through fieldwork. For KS4 and A level students we link all of our courses to the exam board requirements for each subject and can tailor the course to your specific needs. Most sessions have short classroom sessions before and after. Teaching is delivered by fully trained and experienced tutors.
Curriculum topics available: Water cycles, Rivers, Map and atlas, Mountains, Environment, Coasts and seaside, Fieldwork, Glaciers.
We offer a range of sessions and courses covering physical geography through fieldwork. For example, students can look at rivers, upland environments and coasts. Most sessions have short classroom sessions before and after. Teaching is delivered by fully trained and experienced tutors.
Curriculum topics available: Extreme Weather, Conservation.
We offer a range of sessions and courses covering environmental geography through fieldwork. Most sessions have short classroom sessions before and after. Teaching is delivered by fully trained and experienced tutors.
For KS4 and A level students we link all of our courses to the exam board requirements for each subject and can tailor the course to your specific needs. Teaching is delivered by fully trained and experienced tutors.
Students will look at a variety of plants and common animals using age appropriate classification keys to identify living things we find in our woodland and in our pond habitats.
Identify basic survival needs, explore the woods, build a shelter and forage for wild foods. Follow a woodland trail and search for tracks and signs. A day filled with team building and problem solving activities.
FSC Castle Head can offer a range of adventurous activities including abseiling, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, high ropes, low ropes, obstacle course and raft building. Pupils can do these activities in a residential course alongside curriculum content or environmental education.
What activities are available during group visits?
We have a wide range of activities such as:
Primary: minibeast hunt, pond dipping, hiking, low ropes, eco-activity, rock climibing, bushcraft, orienteering, raft building
Secondary/A level: geography independent investigations, adventurous geography, river study, biology core practicals
What size groups do you cater for?
We can cater for groups of various sizes. Courses have a minimum of 10 students and a maximum capacity of 155.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
The centre has several classrooms on site.
Is there first aid on site?
All our field teachers are trained in first aid and group management. A qualified first aider is available at the field centre 24 hours a day.
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
3 days from £155
3 days: Mon-Wed / Wed-Fri / Fri-Sun from - £155
4 days:Fri-Mon from - £193
5 days:Mon-Fri - £249
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