The Field Studies Centre offers a wide range of stimulating curriculum linked sessions both on and off the main site themes that will inspire.Our Education team are knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects we offer and would like to share this with you and your class.As an organisation we highly value the opportunity to enhance young people and adult learning with the courses we offer, whilst creating an awareness of the need to respect and preserve England’s unique and valuable landscape. We subscribe whole-heartedly to the government’s Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto and Every Child Matters philosophy.
Curriculum links: Geography, Science, History
Why did explorers travel to Antarctica? What did they take with them and what was it like to be there? This hands-on day of activities allows pupils to discover the daily life of a South Pole Explorer through object handling, dressing up and role-play culminating with their own expedition up the Hangar. Includes self-led tour of The Lawrence Oates Gallery.
New! Gilbert’s Georgian Christmas (half day)
Curriculum links: History
Join us at The Gilbert White House as we step back in time to experience Christmas…Georgian style! With the help of costumed characters, pupils will join in with all the festivities, from singing and dancing to parlour games, decoration making and fine food as they explore Gilbert Whites House. Christmas will never be the same again.
Curriculum links: Geography, science, art
Come and explore the natural environment in a whole new way…through art. Activities have been developed to meet specific art and science curriculum linked learning outcomes while encouraging children’s curiosity about their surroundings
The Teddy Bear’s Picnic (2.5 hour session)
Curriculum links: English, Science, Art
Meet Porridge Oates the Teddy Bear and his friends. Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the garden through the story of Porridge and the friends he meets, with singing, role play and outdoor crafts before children can enjoy their very own Teddy Bears Picnic.
Habitats and AdaptationsCurriculum Links: Science
Investigate invertebrates, forage in the fields, watch wildlife in the wood and examine animal bones and specimens during this fascinating day! Students will be shown a variety of habitats to compare and contrast and learn about variation, adaptation, classification and food chains.
Curriculum Links: Geography and History
An exciting day investigating the geography and history of this traditional and unspoilt Hampshire village. Activities include map making, interviewing people who live and work here, collecting soundscapes and studying local buildings. Compare and contrast locations.
Curriculum links: Geography, science, art
Come and explore the natural environment in a whole new way…through art. Activities have been developed to meet specific art and science curriculum linked learning outcomes while encouraging children’s curiosity about their surroundings.
Curriculum Links: Geography and maths
This activity day will see children gain an understanding of why and how we use maps and what fun we can have with them. They will create their own maps of an area in Selborne, using OS symbols, creating some new ones of their own and pinpointing their locations using landmarks and compass directions. In the afternoon, they will work in teams to attempt to conquer our Gilbert White Orienteering challenge around our 25 acre parkland and gardens.
Curriculum links: Geography, Science
Our most popular session- A stimulating day of practical geography!
Visit the rivers in Selborne to calculate the velocity of water, plot the cross section of a stream, explore the invertebrate life in the river and create a map of a river system to demonstrate your knowledge.
Rocks and Soils
Curriculum Links: Science
This session involves exciting field study exploration and investigation of the diverse range of rocks and soils around Selborne. Collect samples in the field, plot their discoveries on a map and use equipment to test their properties.
It’s a Plants Life
Curriculum links: Science
Using our fantastic gardens, parkland and woodland, pupils will discover and learn about a great variety of plants and trees, collecting samples to examine under the microscope in our laboratory and investigating what plants need to thrive.
South Pole Science
Curriculum Links: Geography, Science, History
Using the equipment, rations and science programme of the 1912 Antarctic Expedition as a backdrop, pupils will explore themes of nutrition, properties of different materials, forces and shapes and experiment with a range of scientific equipment. What would they take on their Expedition?
School Sleepovers at the FSC
The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre can now offer mid-week sleepover experiences for schools. An evening of activities will be followed by a campfire session and a sleepover either inside or camping outside the barn. Breakfast and a morning of further activities will be available in the morning. Each sleepover experience is planned to meet the requirements of your group and can be focussed onto your desired theme.
Possible activities include:
Nature crafts, bat and nature walks, campfire cooking, stargazing activities, scavenger hunt, team challenges, outside games, mini beast hunting and pond dipping.
Please contact us for further details and to book.
Every Secondary school study day is bespoke to the needs of the group and can be built using a variety of activities to support the geography, biology, science and history curriculums.
Students will be able to plan their own research and the techniques they will use, collect data and analyse their results.
Study Day topics include:
-Ecosystems and biodiversity
-Map work and orienteering
-The development of Selborne and Its identity
Common Entrance Examination
We are able to facilitate Common Entrance Examination Geography fieldwork, both for physical and human geography themes. Please get in contact to discuss your requirements.
Field studies and museum based study days on themes of Exploration, biology, Ecology, and Conservation past and present, leisure, travel & tourism and Museum practice.Each study day is bespoke to the meet the requirements of your group. Please get in touch with the Education team to further details and to discuss your needs.
Teachers CPD/ INSET
Please contact the Field Studies Centre on 01420 511 517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the sessions we provide for INSET or CPD.
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 email@example.com
|School||30 or less pupils||Additional Pupils|
|Hampshire County Council Schools
|Other State Schools||Primary||£279.00||£9.30|
Why is the rate for Hampshire County Council Schools less?
Thanks to the continuing support of Hampshire County Council through the Culture and Recreation Investment Fund we are presently able to offer a generous discount of 19.9% (primary) and 17.5% (secondary) to Hampshire County Council Maintained Schools visiting the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre. The prices shown above already show this discount.
We are occasionally able to offer other special discounts or reductions in standard fees for other reasons, for example, multiple bookings; grant supported projects for specific groups who have not previously visited us.
How long will we spend at The Field Studies Centre?
Study days can last up to 5 hours to fit within the school day, depending on the session you are undertaking.
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 ration of 1 adult for every 6 students.
Sessions for secondary age students require a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 10 students.
Please ensure that you have a sufficient number of responsible adults for the size and needs of your group, and that you have completed the Visitor List. Please hand this to the Education Facilitator when you arrive at the Centre on the day of your visit.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. We ask that you take any rubbish back with you when possible.
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
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 see here for further details.