FSC Flatford Mill

School Trips @ Field Studies Council

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FSC Centres are all operating in a fully Covid-secure way, following Government guidelines. Find out more on our website.

We are also offering digital and outreach packages as an alternative to visiting.

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!

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Why book Field Studies Council for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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-Enjoy and learn from staying in our internationally important buildings such as Willy Lotts’ House, (built in the 1500’s and made famous by John Constable’s ‘Haywain’ painting), Valley Farm (a medieval great hall built in the 1450’s) and of course the Mill itself that was owned and renovated by the Constable family in the 1700’s.

-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 Flatford Mill 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?

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Curriculum topics available: Plants, Animals including humans, Living things and habitats, Evolution and inheritance, Ecology and environment, Life Cycles, Minibeasts, Habitats, Underwater Animals and Habitats.

We can offer a range of biology courses from 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.

green tick Human Geography

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.

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Curriculum topics available: Water cycles, Rivers, Map and atlas, Environment, Coasts and seaside, Fieldwork.

We can offer a range of geography courses from KS2 to A level. KS2 pupils can use maps, stories and games to explore the woods. Discover the plants and animals that live here and design and build dens.

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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.

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We offer a range of sessions and courses covering field studies. 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.

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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.

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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.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We have a wide range of activities such as:
Primary: minibeast hunt, pond dipping, hiking, low ropes, eco-activity, rock climbing, bushcraft, orienteering
Secondary/A level: geography independent investigations, adventurous geography, river study, biology core practicals

What size groups do you cater for?

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We can cater for groups of various sizes. Courses have a minimum of 10 students and FSC Flatford Mill has a maximum capacity of 78.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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FSC Flatford Mill has five workrooms of varying size seating 16-30.

Is there first aid on site?

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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

Find out more about this school trip..

Online Resources for School Groups

Educational Resources Available..

We will be running live fieldwork sessions in April which we would love to share as teachers can sign up now.
Fieldwork live encompasses ten live lessons broadcast for different age groups. Free live fieldwork lessons with expert field tutors from the Field Studies Council (FSC):

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