6 ideas for back-to-school outings and activities | Features
1. RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science
The UK’s first science hub dedicated to gardening (pictured above), surrounded by four acres of ‘living labs’, was unveiled at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in June. RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science presents the fascinating world of horticultural science “like never before” and aims to help create a greener future.
School children will be able to watch the experiments live as they unfold and talk directly to the scientists to learn more about their work.
2. The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypta London West End musical based on the DreamWorks Animation film, has resumed performances at the Dominion Theater in London, with school group tickets available from Monday 6 September.
The show is described as one of the greatest musicals ever to be staged in the UK and features live fire effects, illusions, pyrotechnics and artist flights, as well as projections, video and state-of-the-art sound designs.
Schools can also book exclusive shows for next year, from Monday January 10, 2022 to Saturday September 3, 2022, with free teacher space for ten students.
3. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is offering new sessions related to climate change and plastic pollution at various of its centers across the UK for future visits. A survey by charity YoungMinds has found 80% of children believe the coronavirus pandemic has made their mental health worse, with the WWT encouraging schools to get children to spend more time with nature to improve this. The ‘Climate Champions’ workshop invites students to play the role of a leaf to see its importance in the fight against climate change and the ‘Plastic Planet’ session will explore the problems wetlands face from pollution.
4. The Ultimate STEM School Trip
The Ultimate STEM School Trip at the Winchester Science Center will return in September with explosive activities, live shows and immersive exhibits as part of the tour. The school kit was designed by experts in science communication to spark curiosity and spark passion and enthusiasm for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Students will have the opportunity to see a magic show live in the UK’s largest free-standing planetarium, where they will be taken on a journey through the stars. Schools can now book for September and beyond, with the trip described as an adventure around the Science Center for students in Key Stage 1-3. For more information and details on how to book, email email [email protected]
Open to pupils in Years 8-13, Bioasis is described as a new post-apocalyptic adventure, set in the year 2074 at a secret location in South West England, giving schools across the country the opportunity to escape from the classroom. The students stepped out of their comfort zone on “challenging but hugely rewarding” assignments with the aim of reconnecting young people with nature and helping them develop life skills.
Schools can choose between two missions: a classic six-day adventure or the 10-day “Bioasis Extreme” challenge, which involves a multi-day trek into the wilderness of The Bioasis from an undisclosed location.
Travel at Bioasis is low carbon with minimal impact on the natural environment. Food is sourced from local farms, keeping food miles to a minimum.
6. Wicked the Musical
Schools can now book tickets to see Nasty at the Apollo Victoria Theater in London. Performances resume on Wednesday, September 15 with educational reservations available for performances Tuesday through Thursday at select times and at discounted rates and one free teacher seat for every ten tickets purchased.
Teachers can also use downloadable resource packs which aim to combine the thrill of live performance with classroom activities linked to the National Curriculum, for use before and after the visit.