Seeley Copse is an eight-hectare area of semi-ancient woodland directly opposite Home Farm dairy and the location of the Goodwood Education Centre. Two hundred years ago chalk was dug from areas of the copse to make mortar for Goodwood House and Estate walls. This has resulted in holes and hills around which a Nature Trail weaves, providing a myriad of opportunities for outdoor learning, exploration and discovery.
Curriculum-linked workshops fall into a broad range of subject areas including Science, Geography, Maths, English, History, Art and Design and Technology. Please email email@example.com for further details of workshops. An example of workshops according to key stage is provided below:
Early Years Foundation Stage
Explore with your senses
Go on a sensory woodland walk along the Nature Trail in Seeley Copse, taking notice of the variety of colours, shapes, smells, sounds, textures and patterns in nature. Stop to hug a tree - blindfolded - then listen for and observe birds in the woods, learning about common species and thinking about why trees are important for these and other woodland creatures. Identify the different parts of a tree, discuss what a tree needs to grow, then roleplay the lifecycle of a tree - from acorn to mature tree - before doing some bark and leaf rubbing. Collect a range of natural objects to make a piece of woodland art/ground collage. End the session by making a natural bird feeder to take home.
Mini Beasts and Habitats
Walk the Nature Trail in Seeley Copse to detect signs of wildlife, observing, identifying and classifying things according to whether they are living, dead, or have never been alive e.g. is a deciduous tree dead in winter? Record your findings in a simple chart. Become a minibeast detective, searching for insects and invertebrates in all the habitats in which they live. Use a handheld magnifying glass to observe your findings, observing how conditions under stones, logs, rotting wood, bark, bushes and leaf litter differ. Think about what minibeasts eat and learn how animals obtain food from plants and other animals. Create a simple flow chart to show how all living things depend on each other. If time allows, make a hanging mobile of a simple woodland food chain to take home.
This is a popular technology workshop where children can work with an adult to design and build temporary shelters within given parameters. It is an excellent team-building exercise, as communication is a key to success. Although this workshop is usually for Y5 or Y6, younger children can make small scale ‘animal shelters’ effectively. It is often teamed with a woodland walk and journey sticks, natural sculpture session or Rocks and Soils workshop.
Stone Age workshop
This workshop allows pupils to immerse themselves in the Stone Age, gaining an insight into pre-historic life. Activities include shelter-building, woodland exploration, grinding chalk into pigment for some creative 'cave' painting, fire-lighting and making a disc necklace. Depending on the time spent on-site, children can prepare and eat lunch cooked on the campfire, discussing the differences in diet and farming from the Neolithic to the present day.