Primary Science Sessions

Homes and Habitats
Using various fun games and activities we will explore why creatures are suited to different habitats. From food chains to energy transfer, we will investigate the inter-dependence of plants and animals.

Keys and Identification (minibeasts, trees, flowers)
Example: Flowers - Starting with a flower autopsy, we will begin by identifying the functions and parts of flowering plants. The children will then explore and discuss how we group, identify and catogarize flowers using a variety of different keys and playground chalk!

Survival Skills
Find out about the basic needs of animals and plants and determine whether or not you have the basic skills to survive! The importance of a mixed, balanced diet (that is free from poison) will be explored. Fire lighting skills will be taught.  A school wishing to complete open air cooking will require an additional OASES staff member to ensure the health and safety of participants.

Gardening for the Curriculum
Teach your children sowing skills, so that they can grow their own herbs or vegetables (dependent upon time of year) and watch how their plants grow and develop.  Learn what to grow and when. A great session to launch plant based investigations.

STEM, Supergrid
Enable your children to explore how electricity is generated, where it comes from and how it is transported. Mixed-ability teams will design and build their own mini wind turbines and compete against each other for wind power domination!

Beach Session - The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

“Once there was a lighthouse keeper called Mr Grinling. At night time he lived in a small white cottage perched high on the cliffs, and in the daytime he rowed out to his lighthouse to clean and polish the light. Every day Mr Grinling tucks into delicious lunch, prepared by his wife, Mrs Grinling. But Mr Grinling isn't the only one who enjoys the tasty food, so Mrs Grinling has to think of a way to stop the greedy seagulls from stealing the lighthouse keeper's lunch.”

Explore the story of the Lighthouse keeper’s lunch on the beach and create pulleys to get the lunch to Mr Grinling in this fun beach schools session. Many North East lighthouses will accept school groups (at additional cost) giving the group a chance to explore a real lighthouse too!

Beach Session - Rockpool Exploration
Who lives where, who eats who and how are they adapted to survive in different environments?

Beach Session - Sensory Exploration
Experience the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the beach.

Beach Session - Plastic Pollutions in our Seas
Help clean up our beaches and save sea animals from getting caught on and ingesting litter on this half day litter picking session.  Optional half day session in school beforehand learning about the problem with sea plastic.  Does not have to be on the same day.

Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE