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Resources listWe've developed cross-curricular teaching resources to help you plan lessons in the parks.

All the resources can be used for for Key Stage 2 and many are suitable for Key Stage 1.

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Our rucksacks contain equipment for use during the lessons, such as compasses, measuring wheels and fishing nets. There are grey, blue and red rucksacks for pupils and a large grey rucksack for teachers.

Time Travellers

1. TIME TRAVELLERS - WEB-1Use Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens as:

  •  a stimulus for role play
  • a setting for a piece of narrative fiction inspired by the site's history and past inhabitants

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Time Travellers education pack

English2 History2 Physical education2 Art and Design2 Maths2

We're going on a simile/metaphor hunt

2. Metaphor Hunt - WEB-1Use the parks to:

  • inspire pupils to write poetry focusing on similes and metaphors
  • create a performance and drawings to complement writing.

These two activities can be done simultaneously by two groups, consecutively by all children or you can choose just one of them.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Simile/metaphor hunt education pack

English2 Art and Design2 Science2 Physical education2

Walking words

3. Walking Words - WEB-1Inspired by the work of artist Richard Long.

Use the parks to:

  • learn about the natural environment
  • build vocabulary leading to the creation of a Richard Long-style artwork
  • write a poem drawn from observation and evoking mood

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Walking words education pack

Art and Design2  English2 Geography2 Maths2 Science2 Physical education2

The secret garden

4. Secret Garden - WEBOpt-1Use Russell Gardens to:

  • bring the novel The Secret Garden to life
  • use the setting and extracts from the novel to inspire pupils' own creative work

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Secret Garden education pack

English2Art and Design2  History2 Geography2 Physical education2

My ideal garden: Capability Brown

5. Ideal Garden - Brown - WEBOpt-1Visit Kearsney Abbey to appreciate the English Landscape style pioneered by garden designer Capability Brown (1716-1783).

Pupils can:

  • learn about Capability Brown and his work
  • draw a sketch plan of Kearsney Abbey and its features
  • design their own park or feature in a Capability Brown style

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Capability Brown education pack

Art and Design2 History2 Geography2 English2Physical education2 Maths2 Technology2

My ideal garden: Thomas Mawson

6. Ideal Garden - Mawson WEBOpt-1Visit Russell Gardens to:

  • learn about Edwardian landscape designer Thomas Mawson and his work
  • inspire pupils to create their own Thomas Mawson-style garden design

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Thomas Mawson education pack

Art and Design2 History2 Geography2 English2Maths2 Physical education2

Art from nature

Art from nature

7. Art from Nature - WEBOpt-1Visit Kearsney Abbey to:

  • create ephemeral works of art from materials found on site, using artist Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration
  • make a presentation or newspaper article about the process

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Art From Nature education pack »

Art and Design2 English2 Science2 Maths2 Physical education2

Paper

8. Paper - WEBOpt-1Did you know that Dover was where Conqueror, one of the world's best-known brands of paper, was manufactured?

  • Use the parks as a catalyst for an investigation into the way paper was made, make your own paper at school and write a poem inspired by paper.
  • Visits to Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey can be done as stand-alone activities, consecutively in any order, or by two groups simultaneously.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Paper education pack

History2 Citizenship2 Science2 Geography2 Art and Design2 Technology2 English2 Physical education2

Rags to riches

9. Rags to riches - WEBOpt-1Completed in 1900, Russell Gardens belonged to Dover paper manufacturer Edward Barlow.

Use the site to:

  • compare the lives of his family and his workers through role play
  • join in with some Victorian/Edwardian children's games

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Rags to riches education pack

History2 English2 Physical education2

Kearsney Matters

10. Kearsney Matters - WEBOpt-1Use a visit to Kearsney Abbey to prompt discussion about why parks are important and create a flag or poster celebrating the park.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Kearsney Matters education pack

History2 Art and Design2 English2 Maths2 Citizenship2 Physical education2

Time trail detectives

11. Time Trail - WEBOpt-1Use a visit to Kearsney Abbey to:

  • encourage pupils to look for signs of history within the environment
  • make their own deductions about what they see

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Time Trail Detectives education pack

History2 Art and Design2 English2 Geography2 Maths2 Physical education2

Map makers

12. Map Makers - WEBOpt-1
  • Explore the grounds of Kearsney Abbey, studying the terrain to create maps of the park.
  • Using orienteering skills, find the highest point of Coxhill Mount.
  • Use this vantage point to develop familiarity in interpreting Ordnance Survey maps, supported by directional compass work.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and red rucksacks for this activity.

Map makers education pack

Geography2 Maths2 English2 Art and Design2 Technology2 Physical education2 History2

Trail finders

13. Trail finders - WEBOpt-1Navigate the grounds of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, setting up orienteering challenges for each other that develop skills in:

  • using maps
  • compass reading
  • giving route instructions

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and red rucksacks for this activity.

Trail finders education pack

Geography2 Maths2 Science2 Technology2 Physical education2

Weather forecasters

14. Weather forecasts - WEBOpt-1Use the vantage point of Coxhill Mount to:

  • record current weather conditions
  • try to forecast the weather for the following day

This activity suits repeated visits in different seasons.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and red rucksacks for this activity.

Weather forecasters education pack

Geography2 English2 Maths2 Science2 Technology2 Physical education2

Extreme measures

Tree identification

15. Extreme - WEBOpt-1Visit the parks to learn about the range of trees that make up our local landscapes, using surveying and measuring techniques to aid tree identification.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey rucksacks for this activity.

Extreme measures education pack

Geography2 Maths2 English2 Art and Design2 Science2 Technology2 History2 Physical education2

Plant seekers

16. Plant Seekers - WEBOpt-1Use the parks to learn about the range of wild and cultivated plants that make up our modern landscapes, starting to differentiate what proportion of our planted gardens are indigenous, or have been introduced historically from foreign origins.

Pupils will:

  • do their own plant surveys
  • make observational drawings
  • use their findings as inspiration for creative writing and discussion

Please be aware that some plants, berries and fungi are poisonous.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and blue rucksacks for this activity.

Plant seekers education pack

Geography2 Maths2 English2 Art and Design2 Science2 Technology2  Physical education2

Colourful geometry

17. Colourful Geometry - WEBOpt-1Use the parks to learn about the range of wild and cultivated plants that make up our modern landscapes, exploring the geometry of their flowers to develop into botanical artworks.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and blue rucksacks for this activity.

Colourful geometry education pack

Maths2 Art and Design2 Science2 Technology2 Physical education2 English2

River life

18. River Life - WEBOpt-1Explore the range of water habitats within the parks to observe and study the different habitats, ecosystems and food chains found in various locations.

The river course is unusual, running through a chalk landscape, which affects its biodiversity.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and blue rucksacks for this activity.

River Life education pack

Geography2 Science2 Maths2 English2 Art and Design2 History2 Citizenship2Technology2 Physical education2

Life cycles

19. Life Cycles - WEBOpt-1Use the parks to study the life cycles of animals, plants and insects, looking for specimens of each alongside evidence of the different stages of their development.

You will need the teacher's black rucksack and the pupils' grey and blue rucksacks for this activity.

Life cycles education pack

Science2 Maths2 English2 Art and Design2 Technology2 Physical education2 

Kearsney OS Maps

20. OS Maps - WEB-1 Front PageThese maps can be used with the Map Makers, Weather Forecasters and Plant Seekers activities.

Kearsney OS Maps

Tree Identification

22. Tree ID - WEBOpt-1Follow a tree trail around Kearsney Abbey to learn more about some of the trees in the park.
Please be aware that some tree species are poisonous.

Tree identification resource sheets

Monthly wildflower spotter resource sheets

21. Monthly Wildflower Spotter Sheets - WEBOpt-1

There are resource sheets for March - September, a fungi spotting sheet for October and a sheet for December.

Please be aware that some plants, berries and fungi are poisonous.

Monthly wildflower spotter resource sheets

Risk assessment

You may wish to use this risk assessment as it is, or adapt it to suit your own lessons. Please read this carefully before holding any lessons in the parks.