Key Stage 3 Activities

Suntrap is situated in the heart of 2,400 hectares of the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, with its rich variety of habitats including woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs and ponds, but is less than a half hour drive from Leytonstone High Road.  
    Our 7 acre private site includes;
    •    4 fully equipped heated classrooms
    •    Full class sets of equipment including microscopes and compasses
    •    4 ponds (one fully accessible for wheelchair users)
    •    A range of animals suitable for handling
    •    Outdoor classrooms and picnic areas
    •    Adventure playground with zip wire and climbing frame
    •    Wellies and waterproofs for all ages

Flexible and adaptable programmes which can be tailored to meet your group’s needs.

Investigating Ecosystems - whole day
Use keys to identify & name a variety of animals living in different habitats. Discover how animals are adapted, how they obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain and how predators and prey interact. 
Choose one of these habitats to study;
Pond (April – October only)
Woodland (all year)
Woodland/grassland (April- September only)

Curriculum links: Science; Interactions and interdependencies, Genetics and evolution, Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes

Stream Study – whole day
Visit a small stream close to Suntrap to observe river features & establish important vocabulary e.g. tributary, confluence, meander, current, valley, channel etc.
Collect data from up to three sites moving downstream to produce cross-sectional profiles of the stream along its length. Other data collected will include speed, channel measurements and valley and bed angle.
Curriculum links: Geography; Human and physical geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork

Orienteering – whole day
Work with a partner to discover how to use symbols, scale and a compass to complete an orienteering course in an area of forest adjacent to Suntrap.
Please ensure that you bring at least two extra responsible adults with each class/group when undertaking this activity to ensure safe supervision.
Curriculum links: Geography; Geographical skills and fieldwork, Physical education; take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, PHSE guidance; further develop skills of team working & communication skills 

Bushcraft – whole day (April – October only)
Work in groups to learn the skills of fire making and shelter building. Carry out risk assessments before each activity and have opportunities for self-assessment and reflection during the day.
PHSE guidance; Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Physical education; take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges

Shelter building – half day option
Work in groups to plan and build a shelter in the forest in which you could stay overnight using only natural materials. Before beginning to build carry out a risk assessment of the activity and have opportunities for self-assessment and reflection during the day.
PHSE guidance; Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Physical education; take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges

Team challenges – half day option
A variety of short, fun activities to challenge and encourage trust, teamwork and social skills. 
-    levitate a ball, 
-    sinking sands
-    tyre tower
-    crossing the swamp
-    low ropes course
-    ski-whizz
-    criss-cross ropes.
PHSE guidance; Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Physical education; take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges

Orienteering

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The students gained a lot from the trip. Staff gave excellent clear rules and boundaries, organised the students well and explained points of interest clearly. Thanks for the wellies and coats!