Key Stage 2
These activities are led by experienced leaders from the National Park Education Service and are based at The Moors National Park Centre and Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. Activities last from an hour up to a full day and the maximum capacity is usually 60 children depending on the children's age, the number of accompanying adults and the activities. If you can't see anything suitable here, we're happy to adapt activities whenever possible to link to your objectives or to cater for any special needs of your children.
Learning about the National Park and FREE assemblies
A Sense of Place (pdf) Indoor session combining slides, resources and small group work to help children understand the concept of national parks, the special qualities of the North York Moors and its wildlife. Group work is focussed on negative impacts resulting from millions of visitors each year and the possible solutions.
Free assemblies for Primaries around the National Park include options on the National Park's special wildlife (linked to the science curriculum) and different places to visit around the North York Moors which supports the wellbeing agenda and is popular just before holidays through the year.
We use a range of resources and short activities along these routes to help children enjoy and understand these spectacular places.
Moorland Walk (pdf) Circular walk from The Moors National Park Centre to experience the moorland environment.
Food and Farming Walk (pdf) Circular walk through farmland from The Moors National Park Centre
White Horse Walk (pdf) Circular route from Sutton Bank National Park Centre to the famous White Horse of Kilburn.
Robin Hood's Bay Walk (pdf) Along the beach to Boggle Hole and back along the Cleveland Way cliff top path.
Levisham Moor Walk (pdf) A circular walk around the Hole of Horcum from Saltergate car park on the A169
Living things and their habitats
Moorland Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of moorland themed activities, indoors and outdoors
Woodland Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of woodland themed activities, indoors and outdoors
River Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of river themed activities, indoors and outdoors
Seashore Activities - Rock pooling, beach art, walks, village studies in Robin Hood's Bay. These can be stand alone activities or can be combined to make a full day.
Woodland Habitat Study (pdf) An hour and a half exploring a woodland environment. Combine with other activities to make a full day visit.
River Investigation (pdf) A two and a half hour session working in a small tributary of the River Esk. Combine with other activities to make a full day visit.
Classifying and Identifying Animals (pdf) An indoor session lasting an hour and a half which includes the 'Battle of the Beasts' team quiz, a giant floor ID key for moorland birds and working in teams to design a new bird adapted to a particular habitat. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
Animals and Adaptations (pdf) An indoor session lasting an hour and a half, handling a range of stuffed animals & birds looking at similarities, differences and adaptations. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
Quest for the Lost Words (pdf) A full day linked to the best selling book. A guided walk through different habitats searching for the lost words and writing our own poetry.
Nocturnal Animals (pdf) A full day incorporating a range of sensory activities and games, indoors and outdoors, to learn how nocturnal animals use senses and adaptations to find their prey and avoid becoming another's prey.
Evolution (pdf) An indoor session lasting two and a half hours (with a break), which can be used as an introduction to evolution, or as reinforcement of previous learning. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
River Investigation (pdf) A two and a hour session working in a small tributary of the River Esk. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
Map Skills (pdf) Indoor & outdoor session lasting and hour and a half including use of maps, point to point navigating and team orienteering trail in the grounds of the centre. Works well will compass skills and/or the moorland walk.
Compass Skills (pdf) An outdoor session lasting an hour. Learn to walk on a compass bearing using a compass course in the grounds of the centre. Works well with map skills and/or the moorland walk.
Geocaching (pdf) Primarily based outside this is hi-tech orienteering with GPS units. Lasts up to two hours. Works well with map skills and/or the moorland walk.
Danby Settlement Study(pdf) An outdoor session lasting two and a half hours. Assess the function of Danby village by recording services & facilities on a base map, then discuss options for a new development in the village. Includes a walk from the centre to the village and back.
Stone Age Day (pdf) A full day of outdoor activities learning how Stone Age people used woodlands and how the landscape has changed since the last ice age. Available May to October only. Options for an extended full day.
Discover the First Railways (pdf) A full days walk from Goathland to Grosmont following the route of George Stephenson's original railway line of 1836, includes resources and activities to do along the way.
Farms to Furnaces (pdf) A history discovery day based in the scenic village of Grosmont. Through hands-on, fun activities children discover how Grosmont changed from a tiny farming community into a hive of industry in Victorian times.
Art and design
Landscape Painting (pdf) A relaxing outdoor session lasting an hour and a half, learning to sketch and then paint a view with watercolours. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
What is Sculpture? (pdf) An hour and a half touring of sculptures in the grounds of the centre followed by group work to create sculptures out of natural materials. Combine with other activities to make a full day.
Woolly Weaving (pdf) An indoor session for an hour including demonstrations of traditional weaving techniques and an opportunity for children to make a 'Gods Eye' to take away. Works well with the food and farming walk.
Resources for KS 2 teachers
Free resources to extend learning before and after activities.
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