Whether on Marriott's Way or elsewhere, Nature through the Seasons encourages a series of visits to the same location over the course of the year. Different activities can be combined into each walk, stimulating imaginative exploration and placing emphasis on observation and use of the senses, developing and deepening interest in even familiar landscapes.
During World War II, Britain’s railways were used to transport evacuees from designated ‘danger’ zones to reception areas around the country. Apart from Norwich and Great Yarmouth (‘neutral’), Norfolk was considered safe and as such thousands of children were sent there over the course of the war. This session is designed to explore the evacuee experience, building knowledge of wartime evacuation and encouraging imaginative, creative responses. The stimulus envelopes mentioned in the session plan were created using evacuee recollections found online and typewritten, along with recreated luggage tags and found photos.
This session is designed to encourage creative responses to the past and present realities of Marriott’s Way, including a focus on nineteenth-century travel and entertainment. Children can create poems using different poetic forms, and practice learning and performing the Robert Louis Stevenson poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’, increasing familiarity with, and confidence in performing, poetry.
Follow in the footsteps of Anna Atkins, the first person to ever publish a book illustrated with photographs, and create your own sunshine-developed plant life print. Explore the natural world and collect materials to create nature prints inspired by Atkins’ original cyanotypes.
The example above shows a map of the Hellesdon area and Marriott's Way, including the old Hellesdon Station platform, but this activity can take place anywhere. Draw a simple map of your location and hide envelopes containing a selection of 'supplies' in marked spots. Depending on the size of your group, you can print and include any number of the different items to aid survival and encourage discussion and decision-making at each stop.
Wildflower Spotting Sheet - a selection of wildflowers found on Marriott's Way and across Norfolk. This can be used to inspire the design of Wildflower Sevens (below).
Drawing on sketches made outside and/or from reference photographs, create your own game of 'wildflower sevens' using the template provided. This game follows the same rules as traditional Sevens, which can be found in numerous places online.
Minibeast Relay - a very popular activity designed by Joe Zilch as part of our field studies programme, introducing ways of classifying and grouping invertebrates.
Print, cut and laminate two sets of minibeast relay cards (each set will have all of the invertebrates and the number of legs cards).
My Heraldic Device - introducing children to the use and design of heraldic devices, such as that of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway, from which this template is derived.
Follow the links below for some great web resources to inspire outdoor learning and wild play.
Forestry Commission learning resources.
OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) ID guides & resources.
RSPB learning resources for families, kids and teachers.
Wild Time Learning activities for younger and older children.
Wildlife Watch activity sheets from The Wildlife Trust.
Woodland Trust inspiration for exploring trees.