3) Planning your visit

3) Planning your visit

Photograph of a child examining pyracantha berriesVisiting a park will be an exciting experience for young children, and you should bear this in mind when planning activities and their length. Parks offer new stimuli and experiences that they will unlikely encounter in school. Even the journey to the park will excite them.

Decide if you want all children to do the same set of activities or whether different groups work on separate tasks, which they can share and present to the rest of class. This should ideally be done in short sessions throughout the day or the week following their visit. Young children may not be able to do everything, but each child can do something special.

Take photographs as a reminder of the visit for work back at school. Let groups of children take turns using cameras, perhaps in different areas of the park or with different subjects to find and record.

When planning your visit it may be advisable to contact the park managers or owners to discuss and agree what is permissible, especially when investigating trees, plant and wildlife.

Don’t forget their need for exercise and play when planning the day.