Wealden

After Schools Clubs in Wealden

The great out-tours bring the wonders of the countryside to the doorstep of primary school children. Via an exciting & curriculum supporting ‘four seasons’ outdoor learning programme, we deliver after school clubs & in-school workshops.

We pride ourselves in creating unforgettable practical experiences of nature in action using the school grounds/surrounds as the teaching ‘stage’. We work closely with the school staff to satisfy key curriculum learning objectives in the subject areas of: science, geography, art & design, music & design & technology. If your school has a Great Out-tours club running, here is a taster of what your children will take part in…

  • Living animal dynamics, including handling/bottle feeding lambs & chicks in spring.
  • Wild produce culinary activities including making Elderflower cordial, Crab Apple jelly, jams & chutneys & crushing/pressing fruits in summer for the freshest juice.
  • Carrying out a variety of countryside surveying methods on nature (with the aid of long duration cameras to bring alive the wildlife whilst school sleeps)!
  • Rural crafts making animal/plant structures/sculptures as well as bird, bat & insect nest boxes, homes & hotels!
  • Exciting individual & team-work based activities to develop self esteem, confidence, independence & practical skills. … plus many other illuminating & fun activities!

Woodside Environmental Education Centre, Little London Road, Horam, Heathfield, East Sussex  TN21 0BL, UK.

T: 01825 729158 – M: 07956 678497 – E: john@thegreatout-tours.com

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28.03.19 - A truly magical window into a Great Out-tours ‘living dynamic ‘ club hour with one of our masters of the food chain; a Common Buzzard called Buzz. Children so focused and enjoying the outdoor learning journey, whilst understanding/applying good health and safety practice. 🦅 Raptorous 🦅 applause 👏 👏 to these talented wildlife lovers from Rocks Park Primary School. ... See MoreSee Less

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28.03.19 - The magical moment At Rocks Park Primary School club recalled when ....during a child’s petting experience, Buzz’s eyes 👀 shot to the sky as a wild Common Buzzard called ‘pee-yow’ and soared overhead in a cloudless blue sky. What a priceless moment never to be forgotten.** ... See MoreSee Less

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28.03.19 - What eats only meat and courts/pairs up with one partner for life? Finger on ‘Buzz’er?? The answer.... drum 🥁 roll 🥁.......the Common Buzzard!!

Buzz the wild rescue Buzzard gets many fingers stroking his proud feathered chest on a ☀️ sunny ☀️ Rocks Park Primary School Monday.

What a simply marvellous hour the club children experienced when Buzz came on Great Out-tour to school.

In term 1 2018, he went on tour to all our Wealden club schools. His reception was overwhelming and the mesmerised children learnt oodles of amazing facts about this master of our skies.

Such was his popularity, the children voted to have him back with another tour date in term 4 2019!!

There was a whole new learning journey introduced for this session with a ‘Buzz’word search and a dot-to-dot challenge. The children loved these new quizzes and learnt loads about this magnificent bird of prey.

**A ‘highlight’ within the hour, during a child’s petting experience, Buzz’s eyes 👀 shot to the sky as a wild Common Buzzard called ‘pee-yow’ and soared overhead in a cloudless blue sky. What a priceless moment never to be forgotten.**

BE SURE to view this spellbinding picture gallery of the Buzz 28 March 2019 GREAT OUT-TOUR date.
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‘Only our best is good enough’
*Rocks Park Primary School motto*

It should not be forgotten, that The Great Out-tours would not be where it is today, WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOL HEADS throughout our network.

Today we herald one such master of his craft; a one Andy ‘Best’ of Rocks Park Primary School no less, and before you ponder, the school motto was in place many years before his appointment!! Quite priceless and apt though, all the same!

Well Andy doesn’t handle 🦅 birds of prey 🦅 within classroom school hours but we understand they are a great passion of his and here (just before our school club began), we gave him a moment to take centre stage and shine in the sun.

When ‘only our ‘best’ is good enough’ to handle Buzz, the magnificent Common Buzzard“! 👏 Bravo Andy, 👏 Bravo! In fact 👏 Raptorous applause 👏 😂 😂 😂
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23.04.19 - DID YOU HAVE A HAPPY BL..EASTER????!!!!

Farmer John has been really busy this Easter hols bringing new life to Woodside Environmental Education Centre; four of the cutest lambs; Bruno (from Dorset), Nell (from Sussex with a dose of Dutch), Marble (from East Anglia with a dose of South Down Sussex) & ???? (a female lamb from the South Downs with a dose of French/Dutch)!!! The last lovely lamb has not been named and we need your help to name her.

Replies would be very welcome please to really give our lamb a spring in her step!!!

This is possibly our most diverse European mix of lambs since we started bringing lambs to school across our Wealden and West Sussex club network (over 7 years ago).

They each have extremely interesting stories & all have such lovely calm personalities THAT YOUR CHILDREN AT CLUBS WILL GET TO MEET, FEED AND LEARN ABOUT!

Some of you may know but very sadly the educational farm in our region -'Seven Sisters Sheep Centre', that used to run lamb visits for all ages, closed last year. We are told that we are unique in our provision of lamb based curriculum supporting school visits.

We break down all the H&S barriers to ensure children at schools get to marvel, feed and pet these quintessential icons of Spring. THIS IS A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN!

Our school club registers are now live so if you have not done so already, please re-enrol/enrol your child(ren) by clicking on thegreatout-tours.com/find-a-club/

Our four newest animal friends and The Great Out-tours team cannot wait to see you all in this SPRING HIGHLIGHT TERM 5.
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Make your special one's Spring/Summer 🎂 🎁 Birthday 🎂 🎁, EXTRA SPECIAL feeding lambs with their friends!!

Did you know we run wildly fun 🎈 🎉 children's parties 🎈 🎉 at our Woodside Environmental Education Centre?

Here's hoping you all had splendid holidays and enjoyed the Easter Weekend. We had a great time hosting a child's Birthday Party in glorious sunshine! Our new born 🐑 lambs 🐑 got their first meeting & a feed from a group of lovely 4 & 5 year olds. Our ever so friendly 🐰 bunnies 🐰 got many friendly strokes and cuddles! Then in a woodland setting, the children got to make a very special wild wood creature to take home (using drills, glue, sawdust and felt tips). Wild craft is the best!!!!

We had several comments from the party goers saying their children had a wonderful time and it prompted us to put pen to paper!

Their feedback:
"Birthday Boy loved every second of the party"!

"The party was so excellently planned and catered for each individual child".

"It was so lovely to go to a party which was out of the norm".

Here at Woodside the grounds are bursting with life. The orchard trees are blanketed with pink & white flower blossom and woodland trees are just popping out iridescent green leaves. The wild birds are all hard at work singing at the top of their voices!!

DO YOU HAVE A CHILD(REN) WHO HAS A 🎈 🎉 BIRTHDAY 🎈 🎉 IN THE FORTHCOMING MONTH(S)?

If so, why not consider a party with Farmer John and his ever so friendly Woodside animal/bird residents.

Here is a sample of a typical Spring/Summer party format:

A May/June 2 hour party in HIGH SEASON (with site exclusively dedicated to your party).

- First hour: Children bottle feeding lambs & holding 🐰 bunnies 🐰 (& learning lots of interesting facts about them all).

- Second hour: Children sit round a campfire and make a wonderful craft piece out of ‘wild wood’ to take home. Round off the party with toasting Marshmallows.

If you are interested take a peek at our 'Woodside parties' web page by clicking the following link.

thegreatout-tours.com/wealden-childrens-parties/
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17.04.19 - The Great Out-tours ‘Lambdy’ is carrying valuable Easter treats for your children/care home residents!? ... See MoreSee Less

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Farmer John we are so excited over here in Best I mean West Sussex to see the lambs. We can't wait to see them in our schools!

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23.04.19 - DID YOU HAVE A HAPPY BL..EASTER????!!!!

Farmer John has been really busy this Easter hols bringing new life to Woodside Environmental Education Centre; four of the cutest lambs; Bruno (from Dorset), Nell (from Sussex with a dose of Dutch), Marble (from East Anglia with a dose of South Down Sussex) & ???? (a female lamb from the South Downs with a dose of French/Dutch)!!! The last lovely lamb has not been named and we need your help to name her.

Replies would be very welcome please to really give our lamb a spring in her step!!!

This is possibly our most diverse European mix of lambs since we started bringing lambs to school across our Wealden and West Sussex club network (over 7 years ago).

They each have extremely interesting stories & all have such lovely calm personalities THAT YOUR CHILDREN AT CLUBS WILL GET TO MEET, FEED AND LEARN ABOUT!

Some of you may know but very sadly the educational farm in our region -'Seven Sisters Sheep Centre', that used to run lamb visits for all ages, closed last year. We are told that we are unique in our provision of lamb based curriculum supporting school visits.

We break down all the H&S barriers to ensure children at schools get to marvel, feed and pet these quintessential icons of Spring. THIS IS A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN!

Our school club registers are now live so if you have not done so already, please re-enrol/enrol your child(ren) by clicking on thegreatout-tours.com/find-a-club/

Our four newest animal friends and The Great Out-tours team cannot wait to see you all in this SPRING HIGHLIGHT TERM 5.
... See MoreSee Less

23.04.19 - DID YOU HAVE A HAPPY BL..EASTER????!!!!

Farmer John has been really busy this Easter hols bringing new life to Woodside Environmental Education Centre; four of the cutest lambs; Bruno (from Dorset), Nell (from Sussex with a dose of Dutch), Marble (from East Anglia with a dose of South Down Sussex) & ???? (a female lamb from the South Downs with a dose of French/Dutch)!!! The last lovely lamb has not been named and we need your help to name her.

Replies would be very welcome please to really give our lamb a spring in her step!!! 

This is possibly our most diverse European mix of lambs since we started bringing lambs to school across our Wealden and West Sussex club network (over 7 years ago). 

They each have extremely interesting stories & all have such lovely calm personalities THAT YOUR CHILDREN AT CLUBS WILL GET TO MEET, FEED AND LEARN ABOUT!

Some of you may know but very sadly the educational farm in our region -Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, that used to run lamb visits for all ages, closed last year. We are told that we are unique in our provision of lamb based curriculum supporting school visits.

We break down all the H&S barriers to ensure children at schools get to marvel, feed and pet these quintessential icons of Spring. THIS IS A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN! 

Our school club registers are now live so if you have not done so already, please re-enrol/enrol your child(ren) by clicking on https://thegreatout-tours.com/find-a-club/

Our four newest animal friends and The Great Out-tours team cannot wait to see you all in this SPRING HIGHLIGHT TERM 5.

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Blossom. Isabella’s suggest.

Tulip??xx

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Farmer John, all the Great Out-tours team & our newest days old arrivals, the Woodside lambs, wish you a very lovely sunny day. Enjoy your Easter egg hunts!
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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Farmer John, all the Great Out-tours team & our newest days old arrivals, the Woodside lambs, wish you a very lovely sunny day. Enjoy your Easter egg hunts!

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Gorgeous

Ahhh lovely

Happy Easter!!! 😘😘😘

really Nass limbs can't wot to see them

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22.03.19 - “A BUZZ with fun learning! A window into a Raptorous Great Out-tours club session!! ... See MoreSee Less

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22.03.19 - ‘Eyebrows raised by Buzz at Buxted’ ?? ... See MoreSee Less

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22.03.19 - “Pee-yow”. Can you hear ‘Buzzted’ ??

Well your children met him! Cryptic introduction this one, but we felt your Easter hols needed a post of soaring proportions to make you feel extra happy!

Drum roll......Buzz is a wild rescue male Common Buzzard lovingly looked after and brought back to good health by one of our amazing team, Laura. In term 1 2018, he went on Great Out-tours to all our Wealden club schools. His reception was overwhelming and the mesmerised children learnt oodles of amazing facts about this master of our skies.

Such was his popularity, we decided to roll out more tour dates in term 4 2019!! SELL OUT once more!!

Now we can tell you but there were many behind the scenes butterflies from his ‘road crew’, as he very nearly did not make the club stage, due to a windy spell of weather in March. This made him very unsettled ‘on glove hand’. Thanks to Mother Nature, the windy fronts subsided and Buzz settled back into his calm demeanour and 😁 HOORAY 😃 , he transfixed the Buxted CEP after school club children!!

There was a whole new learning journey introduced for this session with a ‘Buzz’word search and a dot-to-dot challenge. The children loved these new quizzes and learnt loads about this magnificent bird of prey.

Here’s one to ask your children once you’ve read this text: what has Buzz and a 🎢 rollercoaster 🎢 got in common?

BE SURE to view this compelling picture gallery of the Buzz 22 March 2019 GREAT OUT-TOUR date.
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...RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH 2019 26-28 January 2019. The results are in:

A recap:
This simply gorgeous picture came in from one such 'club' family, who used our Birdwatch Bingo ID sheets to record their RSPB survey 'observations'!

GREAT BIG THANKS FOR SENDING IT IN!!

It typifies why we at The Great Out-tours do what we do, namely to 'inspire children in the countryside'!
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...RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH 2019 26-28 January 2019. The results are in:

A recap:
This simply gorgeous picture came in from one such club family, who used our Birdwatch Bingo ID sheets to record their RSPB survey observations! 

GREAT BIG THANKS FOR SENDING IT IN!!

It typifies why we at The Great Out-tours do what we do, namely to inspire children in the countryside!

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Zoe May ♥️

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