Published December 2011,February 2011.
The museum is an interactive hands-on centre for learning about canals. The museum was once an ice warehouse and ice was stored in huge ice wells after it had been brought to the canal dock from Norway. The ice was sold to customers and delivered by horse and cart.
The museum has a good maths trail. It is unusual as it asks some fairly tricky questions and could lead to some interesting follow-up work in school. There are fourteen activity sheets, half for upper Key Stage 1/ lower Key Stage 2 and half for upper Key Stage 2. They are in pairs on the same topic ranging from 'At home in a narrowboat' through 'Coal' to 'Symmetry'.
School parties should book in advance and the museum can provide books and tape measures. The pack for the trails costs £3.50 and can be purchased online: www.canalmuseum.org.uk . More information can be found by contacting the education officer via the website.
Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Nr Uckfield, E Sussex
Wilderness Wood is a fantstic working woodland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Anne and Chris Yarrow, the owners, have been offering school visits for 25 years, and the site is now well geared to receiving pupils of all ages, from pre-school to university. A special maths trail has been devised and was updated in 2005 by a group of local primary school teachers. Aimed at
years 5 and 6, the trail is a series of zones with activities to complete. The trail is structured so that groups can do all or parts of the trail, as time and ability allow and it is designed to be used by the school's own staff and helpers. The woodland setting is very much a part of the activities. For example, patterns in ferns are investigated, diameters and heights of trees are measured,
and problems based on the wood products the woodland sells are set. The activities are fairly short, to keep the pupils moving around the woodland. They are relevant - maths problems that are faced by the staff of the woodland on a daily basis.
Wilderness Wood provides Teachers' Packs for KS1, KS2 and Secondary levels, which give details of organising a visit to the wood, as well as activities for other parts of the national curriculum. The Teachers' Packs are all available online on the schools' section of the website. Wilderness Wood is open every day. For prices and further details, please call or email:
Tel: 01825 830509
Activities suitable for both Key Stages
Tel: 01229 894444
Chester Cathedral, Chester, Cheshire
Two trails for KS1, one for KS2
Contact the Education Officer, Mrs Judy Davies on 01244 324756
London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, Kings Cross, London
Activities suitable for upper KS1 and KS2
Contact the Education Officer on 0207 713 0836