life lab

Education

Welcome to The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, The Education Department of Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection. Gilbert White, Frank Oates and Lawrence Oates were all explorers of the natural world, from Selborne to Central America, Africa to Antarctica. We aim to inspire the next generation to develop their own curiosity about the natural world; to explore it, understand it, enjoy it and look after it.

Gilbert White House and Garden Virtual Trail

Welcome to Gilbert Whites House 360 virtual trail. To help you navigate the trail click on the cog in the top right corner to turn on the ambient audio, narration, and 360 motion. Click on the info (i) point on each scene to complete each challenge. To explore each scene you can click and drag to move the pictures around. Once you’ve completed the challenge click on the arrow at the bottom of the scene to move to the next scene. Good luck!

Created in collaboration with www.livingconections.org

Early Years Foundation Stage

All our EYFS workshops are designed with reference to the Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

Go Wild

An active day investigating plants and creatures in the gardens and meadow. Learning is through games, exploration and sensory experience. Activities change according to the seasons but we will be outside whatever the weather!

Go Slow with Timothy Tortoise

Inspired by Timothy, Gilbert White’s tortoise, travel through the gardens and meadow getting a tortoise eye view of the world. Experience nature differently, through sound, touch, scents, taste and new ways of looking. Hear stories of Timothy’s real life adventures in this very garden!

World Explorers

Journey from Antarctica, through Central America to Africa without leaving the museum! Meet amazing creatures from around the world from penguins to parrots, before going on an expedition into the meadow to make some discoveries of your own.

Natural Art

Create your own art using natural materials. This workshop changes seasonally but always involves creating artwork from the things we find in our beautiful gardens and parkland, looking at colour, texture, shape and line.

Antarctic Explorers

Meet a penguin, dress as an explorer, pull a sledge and go inside a real Antarctic tent! This workshop tells the story of Captain Scott’s expedition in 1912 and compares it with present day Antarctic exploration.

Curriculum links:

Geography: Locate continents and hot and cold areas of the world.

Science: Compare materials, Understand how living things are suited to their habitats

History: Learn about lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

World Explorers

Journey from Antarctica, through Central America to Africa without leaving the museum! Meet amazing creatures from around the world from penguins to parrots, before going on an expedition into the meadow to make some discoveries of your own.

Curriculum links:

Geography: Locate continents and hot and cold areas of the world.

Science: Identify and name a variety of birds and mammals, describe and compare them. Understand how living things are suited to their habitats and depend on each other.

Habitat Detectives

Who lives here? Explore different habitats and the creatures that live there. What do they eat and who eats them? From hedgerow and woods to meadow and pond, this workshop makes full use of the garden and parkland.

Curriculum links:

Science: Explore the differences between things that are living, dead, and that have never been alive. Understand how living things are suited to their habitats. Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats. Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals

Towering Trees

Meet the giants of the natural world! Get to know a tree and discover its life cycle through the year. How big is your tree? How do trees differ from each other? Look at leaves, bark and seeds and meet the creatures which call your tree home.

Curriculum links:

Science: Observe and describe how seeds grow into mature plants and what plants need to grow, Explore the differences between things that are living, dead, and that have never been alive, Understand how living things are suited to their habitats, Observe changes across the 4 seasons

A Day With Gilbert White

Spend a day as a naturalist: observing, recording and using scientific equipment to investigate the natural world in the grounds of Gilbert White’s House in Selborne. See inside the home of Gilbert White to find out how he has inspired naturalists from Charles Darwin to David Attenborough and have your photo taken with the great man himself!

Curriculum links:

Science: Observe changes across the 4 seasons, Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies, Understand how living things are suited to their habitats, Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.

History: Learn about lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

Eco Artists

Discover the work of environmental artists, get inspired and create your own art work. Learn about how natural materials degrade and change. This workshop changes seasonally but always involves creating art inspired by things we find in our beautiful gardens and parkland, looking at colour, texture, shape and line.

Curriculum links:

Art: Record observations, improve art and design skills, learn about an artist.

Science: Describe the simple physical properties of everyday materials

A Day With Gilbert White

Spend a day as a naturalist: observing, recording and using scientific equipment to investigate the natural world in the grounds of Gilbert White’s House in Selborne. See inside the home of Gilbert White to find out how he has inspired naturalists from Charles Darwin to David Attenborough and have your photo taken with the great man himself!

Curriculum links:

Science: Use the local environment to identify and study plants and animals in their habitat. Use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. Recognise that environments can change and that this can pose dangers to living things. Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

Antarctic Explorers

Discover the dramatic story of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition through handling genuine artefacts, investigating ration packs and studying the materials and equipment used. Find out how creatures in Antarctica are adapted to survive the freezing conditions and get hands on with clothes and equipment used by explorers today.

Curriculum Links:

Science: Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different way. Identify that humans need the right types and amount of nutrition from what they eat. Give reasons for the particular uses of everyday materials

Geography: Locational knowledge of Antarctica and its key physical characteristics

Habitat Explorers

Explore our grounds to find out why creatures live where they do, how they are adapted to live there, what they eat and who eats them? Explore a range of different habitats and use scientific equipment to investigate the creatures you discover.

Curriculum links:

Science: Use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. Recognise that environments can change and that this can pose dangers to living things. Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Evolution and Inheritance

Travel through our museum from Antarctica to Africa and Central America discovering strange and beautiful creatures from around the world, making comparisons and drawing conclusions. Then go outside to explore our own corner of Hampshire – how are the creatures who live here different and why?

Curriculum links:

Science: Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about Living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but offspring may vary and are not identical to their parents. Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Geography and maths

It’s a Plant’s Life

From seeds to shoots and leaves to fruits, study the life cycle of plants through handling, dissecting and observing. Making full use of our gardens, meadow, vegetable beds and trees, this workshop varies according to the season, highlighting seasonal change and growing conditions.

Curriculum Links:

Science: Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth. Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants

Towering Trees

Meet the giants of the natural world! Get to know a tree and discover its life cycle through the year. How big is your tree? How do trees differ from each other? Look at leaves, bark and seeds and meet the creatures which call your tree home. Then test yourself on how well you really know your tree…

Curriculum Links:

Science: Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth. Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants. Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things

River Studies

Visit the river in Selborne to calculate the velocity of water, plot the cross section of a stream and explore the invertebrate life in the river. Walk up the hanger to see the river valley in the wider landscape and create a map of a river system using natural materials.

Curriculum links:

Geography: Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present physical features Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography

Rocks and Soils

Investigate the diverse range of rocks and soils around Selborne. Collect samples in the field and use scientific equipment and techniques to test the properties of rocks and soils. Be a fossil detective and examine our collection of fossils- can you identify the living things they used to be?

Curriculum Links:

Science: Compare and group together different kinds of rocks. Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed. Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

Mighty Mapping

Find out how to read a map, identify map symbols and use grid references before creating a sketch map using simple symbols. Learn how to take compass bearings and follow an orienteering trail around our 25 acre parkland and gardens.

Curriculum links:

Geography: Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and keys.

Eco Artists

Discover the work of environmental artists, get inspired and create your own art work. Learn about how natural materials degrade and change. This workshop changes seasonally but always involves creating art inspired by things we find in our beautiful gardens and parkland, looking at colour, texture, shape and line.

Curriculum links:

Art: Record observations, improve art and design skills, learn about an artist.

Science: Describe, compare and group the simple physical properties of everyday material

Please contact us for further details and to book.

Secondary and Post 16

We can provide study days to meet the needs of the group using a variety of activities to support the geography, biology, science and history curriculums. Students will be able to use scientific equipment to investigate key questions, collect data and analyse results.

Study Day topics include:

· River Studies

· Ecosystems and biodiversity

· Variation

· Plant life

· Map work and orienteering

Please get in contact to discuss your requirements.

Youth & Community Groups

Bring your group to The Field Studies Centre to work on your Naturalist or Wildlife Explorer badges or just to enjoy exploring our meadow and gardens.

Activities can include:

· Mini beasts hunting and identification

· Trees Trail

· Nature Alphabet trail

· Stream study

· Nature themed outdoor games

· Bird watching

· Orienteering

Booking Information

The Gilbert White Field Study Centre is of limited capacity and increasingly busy. Advance booking an academic term or year ahead is advised.

The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre Office is open Monday – Friday all year, please telephone 01420 511 517 or email us at fsc@gilberwhiteshouse.org.uk

Session Costs

Hampshire County Council Schools Primary (30 or less pupils) £330

Additional Pupils £9.00

Hampshire County Council Schools Secondary (30 or less pupils)£330

Additional Pupils £10.00

Other State Schools Primary (30 or less Pupils) £300

Additional Pupils £10.00

Other State Schools Secondary (30 or less pupils) £330

Additional Pupils £11.00

Independent Schools Primary £345 (30 Pupils or less)

Additional Pupils £11.50

Independent Schools Secondary (30 Pupils or less) £360

Additional pupils £12.00

Ratios

Sessions for primary age students require a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students, with the exception of River Studies sessions which require a ratio of 1:6 for EYFS, 1:8 for KS1 & 2 and 1:10 for KS3 and above. Please ensure that you have a sufficient number of responsible adults for the size and needs of your group.

Cancellations

We presently hold bookings in good faith and invoice schools following the event. However, on occasions schools have requested dates well in advance and then cancelled at very short notice – thus preventing other schools from enjoying a visit and resulting in financial loss to the FSC. We therefore reserve the right to charge all schools who have returned a completed booking form a cancellation fee according to the scale below.

· For bookings that are cancelled more than 8 weeks prior to the planned visit date £50 administration fee.

· For bookings that are cancelled less than 8 weeks prior to the planned visit date 100% of the fees due will apply.

Pre visits

We consider a pre-visit to be essential. This enables group leaders to familiarise themselves with the site and the location of all planned activities, whilst also providing an opportunity to discuss specific learning objectives, any special requirements and health and safety considerations.

Pre-visits are free and can be booked by email: fsc@gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk or phone on 01420 511 517

Where will we eat our lunches?

Depending on the location of your session, there is space in both The Field Studies Centre and Gilbert White’s House to eat packed lunches. As part of our environmental ethos we encourage schools to challenge their children to bring a ‘zero waste’ lunch. We provide recycling facilities but ask that you take any rubbish back with you.

What do we need to bring?

Please ensure that each pupil brings with them:

· Wellington Boots

· Waterproof Coat

· Warm clothing

· Additional dry clothes if weather is inclement – we still go outside even if it’s raining!

· Packed Lunch

· Additional drink

Transport

We have a car park adjacent to the Field Studies Centre for coaches and minibuses.

The South Downs National Park runs a Travel Grant Scheme for eligible schools to visit providers such as The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre. Please contact us for more information.

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