The Horstead Centre – Outdoor Learning and Charcoal Making

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Challenges at Home:

Activity 1: Creating a Fantasy Forest Creature

  •  Could you create another type of creature who lives in the forest?
  •  Could you label the features of your creature e.g. curly horns, a long beard?
  • You might want to invent a name for your creature: this could be its type e.g. centaur or its actual name e.g. Desador.

Activity 2: The Book of Crimes

  • Gather the resources needed for this activity (slides 20-25)
  • Make your paper look ancient– adults will need to help with this!
  • Tear small pieces from the sides of the paper to make it look even older. Use your fingernail to make small tears or holes in other parts of the paper.
  • Using your stained paper create and write the names of the mountain creatures, the crime they committed and the length of time they were sent into exile.
  • When back in school make The Book of Crimes out of everyone’s pages.

Activity 3: A Magical Tree

  • Have a think about some of the trees that you have seen. Could they be magical?
  • Could you try to draw a magical tree?
  • Think about the features the tree has and what makes it different from the other magical trees in the story.
  • Around the tree make a note of the magical powers this tree possesses.
  • Only the older and wiser creatures know where these trees are, who in the forest knows about your particular tree?

Activity 4: The Forest Warden’s Job

  •  Imagine you’re a forest warden.
  • What kind of jobs might you be doing from day to day?
  • You could make a list, so you don’t forget all the jobs that as a forest warden you need to do.
  • When your list is finished you can get up and start to move about the room. Then move to other rooms in your house, acting out the various jobs you have listed.
  • You might decide to hold an imaginary net and start fishing the rubbish out of an imaginary river.
  • If it’s a dry day, pop on your coat and wellies and continue your pretend woodland conservation outside. If there are lots to still do take your adult with you!

Challenges at School:

Episode 1: Strange Creatures

Episode 2: The Mountain

  • Look carefully at the image of the mountain on slide 14.
  • What features do you notice?
  • How is it different is the mountain landscape from the pictures of the forest in Episode 1?
  • What dangers do you think might lie on the mountain?
  • Using a spider diagram use as many words as you can to describe what you see and feel about the mountain in Episode 2.

Episode Three: The Magical Tree

Episode Four: The Forest Wardens

Castle Acre – Norman landscapes in Norfolk

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Activity 1 – The Traveller’s Possessions

  • How might the stranger protect himself as he journeyed towards the castle- maybe a sword?
  • What type of sword did the stranger carry- maybe a long sword?
  • Why were swords special to their owners- might they have been handed down through generations of family, or maybe stolen or won in battle?
  • Can you draw a long sword? Use the image in the slides to help you.
  • Can you write why this sword might be special to our travelling stranger?

Activity 2 – Murder Holes!

  •  Our story takes place in a castle.
  •  Medieval architects went to great lengths to protect the castle gateway, which was considered the weakest part of a castle’s defence. 
  • Using the information in Episode 2 of The Castle (slides 24-34), and maybe other things you will find in books and on the internet, have a go at designing a gatehouse that could withstand the most determined of attacks.
  • Remember, enemies can also be cunning and resourceful – employing such tactics as undermining and siege towers.

Activity 3 – The Traveller’s Journal

  • Use the information in Episode 3 of The Castle (slides 35-47)
  • Using a notebook write a short biography about who you think the traveller is and about the traveller’s background.
  • What do you think the traveller is going to write about in his small candle it room?
  • Maybe he will write about his journey through the storm, his mission to deliver the letter to the king, his impressions of the castle and the Earl. He might write some questions at the end.
  • Imagine you are the traveller. Write about your journey to the castle and any question you might have.

Challenges at School:

Activity 1 – The Traveller’s Possessions

Activity 2 – Murder Holes!

  • If you were the traveller, how would you go about convincing gate keeper you are who you say you are?
  • It won’t be easy – perhaps the traveller carries a token or a mark of identification?
  •  The person sat next to you is the gate keeper, you are the traveller, try to convince them of who you are then swop roles.

Activity 3 – The Traveller’s Journal

Wonderful Norfolk Words

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Challenges at Home:

  • Do you use any Norfolk words or phrases? Or does your family have phrases from other parts of the country/the world that you use?
  • Have a go at the crossword below.

Challenges at School:

  • Debate the use of local dialect versus the use of standard English.
  • Can you work out what the Norfolk names of animals are? (from the worksheet below)
  • Larn yarself Norfolk.
  • Write your own Norfolk poem.
Norfolk-Dialect-phrases-mentioned-by-Colin

Working in a Zoo

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Challenges at Home:

  • When you visit an attraction, think about all the different jobs that are available.
  • Consider volunteering to build up experience on your CV.
  • Visit a zoo or wildlife park.
  • Design an obstacle course/something fun for a pet at home. 
  • Face paint zoo animals.
  • Invent an enrichment toy for your pet.

Challenges at School:

  • Debate whether zoos are ethical.
  • Investigate careers in zoos.
  • Find out about the history of zoos.
  • Learn more about the animals in Banham Zoo.
  • Design an enclosure for a zoo animal. Think about the animal’s natural habitat and how you can recreate this. 
  • Links to Maths – use weighing scales, practise making estimates and reading decimal places.
  • Send an email to the zoo to ask some questions (remember email safety)

Broads

An Introduction To The Broads – Landscape Character Assessment

The Broads Authority – Water of Life

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Making Sense of Place

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Challenges at Home:

  • Debate which 5 or 6 photos you would take of your locality to give a sense of place.
  • Visit Rackheath and spot the places mentioned in the film.
  • Walk around your locality and try to work out when different buildings/estates were developed. Where would you choose to build more houses? 
  • How has your locality changed – there are thousands of Norfolk photos here!

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