Our direct outdoor learning experiences held at one of The Royal Parks have been specially adapted making them safe and secure.
We are certified COVID-19 secure.
The Royal Parks is the charity that supports and manages 5,000 acres of Royal parkland across London.
We have relaunched our service for schools in 2020-21, offering the same exceptional standard of inspiring education in a flexible and Covid-secure way. Connect with nature and learn about the park environment, wildlife and heritage with interactive experiences online and hands-on practical activities in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park and Brompton Cemetery.
We offer curriculum-linked sessions from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Post- 16. Our expert facilitators will bring learning to life for your students!
We offer a wide range of safe, secure and fun learning experiences for all ages. Led by our expert team, you and your students will get to explore the park and learn all about the environments, wildlife and heritage that The Royal Parks look after in the heart of London.
Activities and courses include:
•School visits to the parks
•Unique live online sessions to support your teaching, both in the classroom and for remote learning
•Thought-provoking downloadable teaching resources
Curriculum topics available: Plants, Living things and habitats, Ecology and environment, Life Cycles, Habitats, Life Sciences.
Connect with nature and learn about the park environment and wildlife with interactive experiences online.
Grow Your classroom - Bring the wonder of Hyde Park right into your classroom with this informative hands-on virtual workshop. Your children will explore a selection of plants using all their senses, discover what plants need to survive and learn about seed dispersal. They’ll take a close look at the parts of a plant and their functions, then use the kit you'll receive in the post to plant an edible indoor garden suitable for all times of year to grow (and eat!) in your classroom – a learning resource that will inspire fascination long after the session.
Suitable for: KS2 Duration: 60 minutes
Virtual Fieldwork – Carbon storage in Hyde Park - live virtual fieldwork considering the impact of Hyde Park on atmospheric carbon dioxide through estimating the trees’ carbon sequestration. Students will write and test their own hypothesis, learn a technique for measuring the amount of carbon stored in a tree, and use their findings to propose a new Hyde Park tree management plan. We’ll provide worksheets, methods, unmanipulated data suitable for the NEA, and comprehensive guides through statistical analysis alongside expert advice from The Royal Parks' learning and arboriculture teams.
Suitable for: Post-16 Duration: 60 minutes
Virtual Fieldwork - Ecology
Conduct virtual ecology fieldwork on biodiversity in freshwater habitats.
In the first session, suitable for KS4 and KS5, students will be forming their own hypotheses, considering biotic and abiotic factors, identifying freshwater invertebrates, completing scientific drawings, then analysing their data and drawing conclusions. After hearing from people managing the park, students will be using their findings to advise The Royal Parks on how we ought to manage The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park for biodiversity.
The second session is a KS5 data analysis masterclass.
A class of 30 students
Our Learning Officers will be guiding your class through a Virtual Fieldwork Experience in your classroom from Hyde Park. When you make a booking, you will receive an email with further information about the session you have booked and a Microsoft Teams link to access the session. You will also receive a physical resource pack which will be posted to your school in advance of the session. All our Virtual sessions have optional follow-up activities which can either be used following lesson time or set as homework.
Our Virtual Fieldwork sessions are designed to be projected onto a screen at the front of the classroom and they work best when we are also able to see the class. Therefore the ideal set-up in advance of the session would be for a laptop camera to be facing the class and projecting our Virtual Fieldwork onto a screen at the front of the class. This set-up would enable us to see the class, meaning we can interact with the students and ask/answer questions as if we were standing at the front of the classroom. Alternatively, the teacher can act as a go between from their class to the Learning Officer, selecting students to answer questions and relaying their answers or any questions to the learning officer either through video or the chat box. 60 mins per session.
Our experienced education team are more than happy to discuss your requirements and tailor the session to your individual group.
We're able to offer a limited number of bursaries for schools who would otherwise be unable to get to The LookOut due to the cost and/or logistics of visiting Hyde Park by providing free sessions and/or transport bursaries.
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