Exhibitors Lee Valley

 

Countryside Live at Lee Valley Park 2018

ARENA

We have put together an exciting arena programme that includes: terriers; a display of indigenous birds of prey; sheep dogs and meet the hounds.You are free to watch any of the demonstrations throughout the day so make sure you catch your favourites.


ANIMALS IN TUITION

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Creature Features

Focusing on senses and adaptations, this is your chance to meet some fascinating animals, with lots of interesting facts and information and even the opportunity to do some animal handling. Come and meet some snakes and invertebrates and some surprise visitors (with eight legs) that ou will not want to  miss.

National Curriculum: Life processes and living things : habitats/senses/adaptations

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity – 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.animalsintuition.co.uk

 

THE BAT SHOW

Going Batty

Meet some bats and see how tiny, furry and cute they are. Find out where they live and what they eat. They are completely harmless, and they are beneficial to the environment. And they are not blind; nor do they suck your blood. Bats use high-pitched sound to navigate and find their insect prey. Normally we can’t hear that sound, but we’ll have equipment that will let you hear it and let you into the secret world of bats. And there’ll be some for you to see.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity – 30 minutes.

Visit a local group website: www.londonbats.org.uk

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BEAGLES

Come along and meet the Stow or Radley College Beagles 

The Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles, the Organisation that regulates Beagle packs, recommends trail hunting as an alternative activity to live quarry hunting (pending repeal of the Hunting Act). It describes trail hunting as the hunting of an artificial scent and recommends that hunts use the scent of a hare. The Association states that “There is no reason why huntsman or followers should know in advance the route hounds will take when following a trail, thus closely matching hunting in its traditional form”.

The official website of DEFRA, the Government Ministry with responsibility for the countryside, states “Trail hunting is perfectly legal, as long as animal welfare and other laws are not broken in the process of obtaining the scent. Many hunts have adopted some form of trail hunting in place of live quarry hunting. The Government has said that it welcomes this, provided that the hunts are genuinely intending to stay within the law and not trying to use the practice as a subterfuge for engaging in illegal hunting activities.”

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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BLACKSMITH

The Mobile Forge – Blacksmith demonstrations

A working demonstration and talks on iron working – see an old fashioned blacksmith at work.
This is a drop-in activity for any age range.


BRITISH WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION

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Come and see the ducks.

An opportunity for children to learn about ducks and their uses to man.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.waterfowl.org.uk

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BUGLIFE

Pond Dipping, and freshwater invertebrate lifecycles

We will be looking at the lifecycles of some of the UK’s most iconic aquatic invertebrates both live and in pictures.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website:                             www.buglife.org.uk

 

COUNTRYSIDE LEARNING – 6 activities

1.Corn Dolly Making

Come and see the demonstration of corn weaving and dolly making. Each child makes a countryman’s favour. These were worn by farm workers at country fairs to signify the type of work they did e.g. shepherd would have wool in his favour.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7 years upwards. Group size up to 30 – we can take two groups at a time so 60 per session. Approximate duration of activity 35 minutes.

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2.Felt Making

The children will find out more about fleeces and wool and make a simple felt flower to take home.

This is a bookable activity. Age range any (FS may require adult help). Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes. We can take two groups at a time so 60 per session.

National Curriculum: Art, Design and Technology, Science (materials).

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3.Sowing the seeds of growth

Children will learn what a seed requires to germinate and then once germinated what it needs to continue growing. Children will have the opportunity to make their own paper plant pot which they draw a face on. They will then plant some cress seeds in the pot, so the pot head will grow some hair within a couple of weeks.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

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4.Tremendous Trees

Children will learn about the work of a forester and see the clothes and equipment that are needed to fell trees. Children will learn how to find out a tree’s age once it has been cut down, by counting the growth rings of previously prepared tree discs. They will also learn how to measure a tree to “guesstimate” its age with a calculator.  Children will get a chance to make a paper helicopter that works in the same way as the seeds from the Sycamore tree.

This is a bookable activity. Age any –  Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes

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5. Dragonflies

Children will learn some facts about dragonflies and then get a chance to make their own dragon fly out of a wooden peg, pipe cleaners, felt tip pens and wiggly eyes.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

6. Cheeky Chickens

Learn about the life cycle of a chicken. Children will use their cutting and sticking skills to create a cheeky chicken using a template and paper plate.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.countrysidelearning.org


THE DRAPERS’ COMPANY AND CITY BARGE

Enjoy a trip in a traditional river barge as a passenger or as a crew member

We will bring along our 6-oared shallop – a traditional river barge – and welcome school groups to join us for a short trip on the river Lee. Up to 5 children can have a go at rowing at any one time, sitting alongside our experienced crew members. There will be a chance to swap over the children during the voyage so that everyone gets a chance to row if they’d like to. When not rowing, both children and their accompanying adults can enjoy a trip on the river with the sights, sounds and smells associated with being out on the water.

We will teach the basics of boat craft: Port and Starboard (red and green); starting and stopping the shallop; turning around as well as getting aboard and going ashore safely.

This is a bookable activity for KS2 children . Group size up to 10 children who MUST be accompanied by 2 adults. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Please meet at the Registration Tent 10 mins prior to your trip time, so that life jackets can be distributed and time made available to get down to the boat.

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ECO-ACTIVE 

’Love our Planet!’ – ecoACTIVE taster activities

Groups will join our ecoACTIVE team and get the chance to take part in the following activities:

  • Eco-innovators judging and ‘How I am going to change the World’ – pupils will get the chance to find out about several young ‘Eco-innovators’, who have designed and made amazing products that are helping to protect the environment.  Pupils will become judges and choose the designer that they feel has made the biggest impact.  This activity will finish with pupils writing their own, ‘How I am going to change the World’ statements, and have their photos taken by their teachers in our Eco-Innovators selfie frame.  (Please bring a school camera if you’d like to capture photos of your pupils during this activity)
  • Plastic bottle bowling and waste prevention quiz – pupils will learn more about the impact that plastic is having on our planet and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste, by taking part in this fun plastic bottle bowling game and quiz.
  • Forest school taster activity: natural weaving – pupils will tie sticks together in a star or cross shape and weave recycled wool round the shape to create a decoration or mobile.  Extra natural materials can be incorporated to personalise each one.

National Curriculum – Science: Living things and their habitats
Pupils should be taught to: recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Design and Technology: Evaluate
Pupils should be taught to: investigate and analyse a range of existing products; understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Art and Design:
Pupils should be taught: to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

Citizenship: Preparing to play an active role as citizens
Pupils should be taught: that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.ecoactive.org.uk

 

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Flood Snakes & Ladders (case studies of children’s personal flooding experiences)

Flood Snakes & Ladders: Children are guided through a life size game of snakes and ladders.  They are divided into 2/3 teams and one person is in charge of a giant dice.  Each team is made up of A Player, Sound Effects & Record Taker and musical instruments are used along the way.  There will be a slide show that is based around case studies of children personally affected by flooding. Each slide includes a quote and an image of either an art piece made by the child or a photo of a flooding situation and these are read out during the game by a Narrator.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – Any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORERS
Owls in the Countryside

Introduction talk about the different types of owls in the British countryside, what they eat and how they hunt for their food. Then with their helpers (from schools) pupils can get hands on investigating the contents of owl pellets to see what they’ve been eating.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TEACHERS AND ADULT HELPERS ARE REQUIRED TO HELP WITH THIS ACTIVITY

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.


FALCONRY

There will be an all day static display of birds of prey, together with flying demonstrations as part of the arena programme from Xtreme Falconry. During the day he will be able to answer questions and talk to children about the birds and their role in the countryside.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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FELLABELL MINIATURE HORSE

Come along and meet Tom a Fellabella Miniature Horse. The Fellabella is one of the smallest breeds of horse in the world, seldom taller than 8 hands (32 inches, 81cm) in height at the withers. A member of staff from T Cribbs & Sons will be on hand to talk to you about animal husbandry and looking after and maintaining a horse.

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FERRETWORLD ROADSHOW

1) A History of ferrets from Romans through to Modern Day with Q and A Sheets
2) A description of hunting with ferrets combined with student participation “finding the ferret” using a metal detector in a grid to demonstrate problem solving
3) The children race the ferret in 2 teams down large pipes.

 This is a bookable activity for ages 5+ . Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

National Curriculum: History, Food Chains, Physical Exercise

Visit their website: http://www.ferretworld.co.uk

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FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL

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A magnified world

Can you spot a species? A practical plant and invertebrate identification activity encouraging visitors to become aware of their surroundings and the natural world. Including:

  • Feely boxes for identification through touch
  • Samples of leaves to identify
  • Invertebrate models and diagrams for identification
  • Magnifying glasses, microscopes and ID charts

 National Curriculum: Working scientifically and living things and their habitats strands

This is a bookable activity. Age range KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 25 minutes.

Visit their website:       www.field-studies-council.org

 

FROGLIFE

Tails of Amphibian Discovery (T.O.A.D)

The activity will look into the UK’s native amphibian species, and what makes them so special. The class will be taught how to identify the different species that they might find where they live and how we, as humans, can help those species. We will also explore the habitats that these animals need, and what these consist of. The activity will finish with a short craft activity where each child will get the chance to take home their own frog mask.

This is a bookable activity. Age range Y2-Y5. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:                             www.froglife.org


FULLERS SHIRE HORSES

Come and meet the horses. See the horses at work and have a ride in their dray.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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HEN CORNER

Hen Corner – Urban Smallholding

Introduction to Urban Smallholding and the food that can be produced in a London back garden.
Discovering the joys and responsibilities of keeping chickens.
Opportunity for each child to stroke a chicken.
Stickers & postcards given out to each class visiting.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – Any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website:                             www.HenCorner.com

 

LEAF EDUCATION – (formerly FACE)

The Science of Apples

September is the season for apples in the UK, so what better way to celebrate the harvest by developing your students Working Scientifically skills using these wonderful fruit. LEAF Education enables quality learning experiences based around food, farming and the countryside which are explicitly linked to the National Curriculum. In this session your students will conduct experiments in groups to discover the various characteristics of different kinds of apples. And yes, this will include some taste testing – thanks to our collaborators from The Marsden Fruit Show Society!

This is a bookable activity. Age range – KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:                             www.education.leafuk.org

 

LEE VALLEY PARK FARMS – ANIMALS

Come and meet a few of the Lee Valley Park Farms animals including our llama and pygmy goats. There’s also the opportunity to have a stroke and hold of some of our smaller pets including the rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoise.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.leevalleypark.org.uk

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LEE VALLEY PARK YOUTH AND SCHOOLS – Minibeast Hunting

The session is 30 minutes in duration and is led by Lee Valley Regional Park staff and volunteers on land adjacent to the event site. The activities will be adapted depending on the age or ability of the group.

Tent based activities

The Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools tent provides further information on the range of educational activities available across the Park. It also provides children with an insight into the hidden world of the countryside including becoming a mini beast detective. Discover why minibeasts need plants and get creative making your very own bee or butterfly feeder.  Challenge your students with our minibeasts quiz and add a Lee Valley promise leaf to our environmental pledge tree.


The Nature Trail mini-beast hunt is pre-booked and bookable on the day if there are spaces. The tent based activity is a drop-in activity. Both for any age range.

Visit their website: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/education

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LONDON WILDLIFE TRUST

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Snack attack, raindrops game and camouflage worms**

Snack Attack

This activity helps the group to understand that the more structurally complicated the environment, the more animals can survive in it. This game introduces the children to animals they will find in habitats and to the importance of safe habitats in order for survival.

Each child is given a label, which gives the name of a different plant-eating animal found in a mini-beast hunt. Give four children labels naming predatory mini-beasts, for example centipede, ground beetle, harvestman and wolf spider.

Place plastic leaves in the centre of the play area with 10 hula-hoops placed in a large circle around it.

The object of the game is for the carnivorous animals to catch as many herbivores as they can. Once caught the herbivores stand out of the game. The herbivores are safe from the carnivores as long as they stand in a hoop, but they have to leave the ring to get a leaf to ‘eat’. They survive the game if they manage to get a leaf and return to a hoop uncaught.

Let the game run for ten minutes and then stop it and see how many herbivores have been caught, how many managed to get leaves and how many got back to a hoop with a leaf and how many did not manage to get a leaf. Take five rings away and play the game again. This game should demonstrate that when there are fewer rings for children to stand in there are fewer opportunities for them to get away from predators. The same fact relates to natural habitats, for example the more logs to hide under the more mini-beasts exist in the area.

Raindrops Game

  • Children are seeds, and spread out as if blown by wind
  • Once given the signal to stop, their feet are ‘planted’ and cannot move
  • Children are showered with laminate raindrops which they must catch without moving their feet
  • Ask children to hold up the number of raindrops they caught, some will have more than others
  • This highlights how plants have little control over where they eventually grow and that water capture is dependent on position

Camouflage worms

  • Place ‘worms’ (twenty lots of six different coloured strings) around vegetation.
  • Explain to children that the colourful worms have escaped and are using the colours provided by plants to hide.
  • Give children five minutes to collect worms and bring put them in separate pots for each colour.
  • See how the brightly coloured worms are easier to find, but the green and brown ones have used blended into the plants and are harder to locate
  • Discuss examples of animals using camouflage (laminate sheet)

National Curriculum – KS1 and 2 outdoor activities directly linked to the science curriculum focusing on Habitats, Moving and Growing and Animal Characteristics (Adaptation).  All LWT lessons are created to open up opportunities for children to learn outside the classroom.

This is a bookable activity. Age range any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

 Visit their websites:
www.wildlondon.org.uk
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MOVE N SMOOTH

Health Workshop – Smoothie Bikes

Our workshops provide interactive session and information on nutrition, exercise, and hydration and conclude with each pupil having the opportunity to pedal a healthy, fresh fruit smoothie on our amazing human powered Smoothie-Bikes.

This is a bookable activity. Age range Y1 upwards. Group size up to 35. Approximate duration of activity 35 minutes.

Visit their website www.smoothiebikehire.com

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THE NATIONAL TRUST – RAINHAM HALL

Create Some Wild Art

Join us on the Rainham Hall, National Trust stall. Tick off number 18 on the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list and ‘Create Some Wild Art’.

This is a bookable activity for 5-11 year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rainham-hall

 

RACING TO SCHOOL

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Weighing In

Pupils will get an insight into life of a jockey and see what goes on behind the scenes in the Weighing Room. They will see a practical application of the maths they learn in the classroom.

This is a bookable activity for 7+ year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 25 minutes.

National Curriculum– Functional Maths.

Visit their website: www.racingtoschool.co.uk

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THE ROYAL PARKS

From Pollinators to Poo

Join Mission: Invertebrate and The Royal Parks to discover the wonderful world of invertebrates. They are incredibly important and make up 96% of all known animals. We vertebrates wouldn’t last long without them! In these interactive sessions, learn how the beautiful bugs and beasties on your doorstep help plants to make seeds and recycle waste.

This is a bookable activity for KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:                              www.RoyalParks.org.uk

 

SCHOOL FOOD MATTERS

 

Buzz-y Growing Food**

Stop by the School Food Matters stand for hands-on food growing activities and a chance to see a colony of live honeybees! Students will rotate between: seed sowing where they will plant their very own ‘cut and come again’ salad pot, a Guess the Veg game, making wildflower seed balls to provide food for bees, and a mini-lesson in honeybees including an observation colony of live bees.

School Food Matters is a registered charity that works with schools to promote excellent school meals and practical food education. We offer a membership programme from schools that provides access to growing activities, cooking sessions, enterprise projects, teacher training sessions, advice on school meals and various funding opportunities. Find out more at: https://www.schoolfoodmatters.org/membership

This is a bookable activity for any age range. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:                             www.schoolfoodmatters.org


SHEEPDOGS AND GEESE 

David Seamark is a sheep and arable farmer running a flock of 550 breeding ewes. As part of the arena programme, the display will demonstrate his skill in working up to five dogs with geese in a way that they would work 200-300 sheep back home on the farm. You will see the true partnership of dog and man together with the great ability and trust that each has for one another when working in the practical environment.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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THE SHEEP SHOW

Come and meet Nobby the Norfolk Horn, Belinda the Blue-faced Leicester and many more breeds of sheep in the highly entertaining and educational Sheep Show. There will also be a sheep shearing demonstration.

This 30 minute show will be performed 3 times a day at:

10.15am – 10.45am
11.30am – 12.00pm
1.30pm – 2.00pm

Visit their website: www.thesheepshow.co.uk

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ST CLEMENT VETERINARY CLINICS

Come along and have a go at being a vet. We have animal x-rays and a toy dog with a fixator. A model cow to assess objects in jelly and a model sheep to lamb.

This is a bookable activity for any age range. Duration 30 mins.

Visit their website: www.stclementvets.co.uk

 

SUN JESTER – 2 separate stands

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Sun Jester 1 – Fire & Light

An introduction to the use and techniques of making fire from heating, cooking and lighting prior to the introduction of matches and electricity. Make a simple beeswax candle to take away.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activities 20 minutes.

 

Sun Jester 2 is offering a choice of 2 activities:

(A)Funky Vikings** for KS2

Construct your own simple template based on a Viking design and use it to make a woollen braid like a friendship band. A proven addictive activity for all ages and genders!

This is a bookable activity. Age range 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activities 25 minutes.

(B) Optical Illusion** – for any age

Trick your eyes with an easy to make Victorian toy. See an empty field….then like magic, a horse appears!

PLEASE NOTE THAT TEACHERS AND ADULT HELPERS MAY BE REQUIRED TO HELP WITH THE KNOT TYING ASPECT OF THIS ACTIVITY

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activities 25 minutes.

Visit their website: http://www.sunjester.co.uk

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TREEWRIGHT

Bodger– Pole Lathe Turning and Green Woodwork Demonstration

Through the bodging process of splitting, chopping, shaving and turning,we will be transforming logs into useful wooden items. A full range of our products will be an interactive display for all.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.treewright.co.uk/

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WILLOWPOOL DESIGNS
Willow Weaving

Join expert willow weavers Steve and Simone and enjoy the wonders of willow!

Children will have an opportunity to weave a willow fish. They will be supplied with a willow fish “frame” and will be shown how to create a “weaver” fish using basic weaving techniques. This experience will enable all participants to learn how flexible and enjoyable weaving can be! As this is only a taster session the aim of this short workshop is to allow children to have a genuine hands-on-experience. Children will take away the skills to finish their fish at home or at school and be encouraged to use other natural or weaveable materials.

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This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 15 minutes.

Visit their website:www.willowpooldesigns.co.uk

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WILLOW WEAVING WITH UNDERWOODSMAN LTD 

Willow Star

Weave a willow star with willow rods using traditional techniques. While weaving, find out about willow and basket making, and the background to this ancient craft.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:www.underwoodsman.co.uk

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