outdoor experience

Explore the woodlands and riverbanks that surround the Cathedral. Learn about plants, seed dispersal, life cycles, animals, habitats and food chains through a range of environmental games and activities. We will also consider to human impact on the environment. Visits can be adapted to support the work the children are completing at school.

Full or half day sessions available. 


Historic Durham

This tour complements the 'indoor' Historic Durham session or can be delivered as seperate session.

Look at the City, the walls and defences.  Learn about the two mills beside the river and how people lived and worked.  Visit the Counts House and hear about the families that lived in this tiny house; learn about Joseph Boruwlaski, the Polish ‘Count’ who this lovely little house is named after.  

Session lasts 1 1/2hrs.   


terrific trees

Explore the woodlands that surround the Cathedral. Learn about the importance of trees and their use in our daily life. Study types of trees as well as how to measure and age them. Learn about their seed dispersal, life cycles, animals, habitats and food change through a series of environmental games and activities.
 

PLANT A TREE

Learn about the importance of trees and their use in our daily life.  Learn about seed dispersal, life cycles, animals, habitats and food chains through a series of environmental games and activities.  At the end of the session every child will plant their own tree. Session lasts 1 ½ - 2hrs.   


Outdoor Geography

An outdoor geography adventure in the Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks.

Children use a compass and draw a map with landmark features.  Look at old maps and consider why the Cathedral was built where it is.  Study the physical and human characteristics of the area.  Consider the water cycle and the weather when the monks lived here and how it has changed today. Session lasts 1 ½ - 2hrs.   

 

Environmental Art

Explore the site using your senses to discover the world around you. Collect natural materials in different colours and textures, and listen to the sounds as you navigate your way around. Pause and try your hand at painting the scenery around you. Recreate the site on a large scale back in the classroom using the materials you have collected.


Science Surveys

Children investigate what plants and animals can be found on the site, using photographs, identification charts and survey equipment (nets magnifiers etc.) children record their findings on charts and by sketching. Once surveys are complete we discuss different habitats and seasonal variations.
 

ORIENTEERING

Orienteering is a sport in which competitors navigate their way at their own pace between features marked on a special coloured map. In the woodlands and riverbanks that surround the cathedral, there is a permanent course, with four variations(1a-d), plus a more difficult course (2). The course is suitable for families, groups and schools.

 

MEMORIES- END OF SCHOOL YEAR ACTIVITY

Spend an hour and a half in the woodlands and riverbanks that surround Durham Cathedral.  Students will work in their friendship groups to take part in a range of environmental activities which will encourage an appreciation of the natural world, but also to take memories of their time at school away with them.


For more information contact education@durhamcathedral.co.uk