Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cotswold Wildlfe Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP

Contact: 01993 825 720

Website: http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/education/

Description

We believe that we have the one of the UK’s best learning environments.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?

https://www.youtube.com/user/CotswoldWildlifePark

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

https://www.facebook.com/cotswoldwildlifepark/

https://twitter.com/CotsWildTweets

https://www.instagram.com/cotswoldwildlifepark/

Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

With over 250 species of animal, a narrow-gauge railway, an exciting playground and 160 acres of beautiful and highly accessible parkland the Park is the perfect place to bring the National Curriculum to life.

Whether you are coming for a self-guided visit or would like to have one of our interactive talks, we understand that any visit to the Park must fit in with your learning requirements. The Park is the perfect place to bring your classroom work to life and your pupils won’t even realise they are learning!

We offer a wide range of talks and tours with nearly all of them delivered by our keepers and Education staff out in the Park using the animals as the ideal backdrop to illustrate your topic.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Beautiful zoological collection with stunning gardens and parkland.

Our talks are nearly all delivered out in the Park and are given by the keepers who really know the animals.

A huge, adventure playgroundA narrow-gauge railway to explore some of the animal.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

LOtC

What does a typical educational visit include?

  • Bespoke talks
  • Talks for all key stages from pre-school through to degree level.
  • We run talks and tours for education groups on weekdays. These last 30–40 minutes and are generally taken by the keepers of the relevant section. The following are some of the talks we offer, however we can also offer bespoke talks on any subject you are studying.
  • African animals
  • Fur, Feather & Scales (Classification)
  • Animal Senses & nocturnal animals
  • Caring for animals
  • Rainforest
  • Conservation
  • Habitats and Adaptations
  • Feeding & Fangs
  • The Wonderful World of Plants
  • Life Cycles
  • Minibeasts
  • Evolution
  • Colour, pattern, camouflage
  • Reptile encounter
  • A day in the life of a zoo keeper

What group sizes do you cater for?

1 – 1,000 (limited numbers for talks)

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Happy for children to take photos, video and audio

Does your venue have an education officer?

Nicolette Craig: education@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk 01993 825720

What is the cost of the visit?

Children £8, one free teacher for every 5 paying children (3-16 years). Extra adults £11.50

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Outdoor clothing for appropriate weather conditions.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Yes we have first aiders on site.

Please list facilities available.

Shop, café, picnic areas outdoors (some undercover), train, adventure playground, kiosks.

Bookable Indoor Picnic Room.

Bookable Classrooms.

What are your disabled facilities?

99% accessible (except top floor of bat house, but can see the same from the bottom).

Disabled parking and toilets

Free wheelchair hire, or mobility scooter hire (costs) pre-booking advisable.

What are your opening days and hours?

Everyday (except Christmas day) from 10am

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“I just wanted to email and say a big thank you for everything everyone at the park did to make our trip such a success yesterday. We had a brilliant time and I am hoping to book again for next year. Please let Ian know he did a fantastic job with the talk!”

Reception, June 2015 – Caring for Animals.

“We had a brilliant day of learning and I would certainly recommend the Wildlife Park to other schools and am sure that we will return again.”

St Mary’s CE Primary 2015 – Years 3 & 4. Habitats & Adaptations talk.

“CWP always provide fascinating keeper talks which directly complement the KS3 & GCSE curriculum requirements we request. They have frequently stimulated discussion and questioning from the students on the wider issues of conservation and wildlife management and allowed them to engage with the curriculum in a more contextualised setting.”

Lord Williams High School Year 9, July 2015 – African Animals & Habitats and Adaptations.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas SEN Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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