Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S25 4EQ

Contact: 01909 569416

Website: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php

Description

Give your school group an unforgettable learning experience at the Tropical Butterfly House. You will find our curriculum-based Education Programme is flexible, interactive and lots of fun!

Encounter an exotic world of butterflies and birds, mammals and minibeasts, reptiles and rodents, all brought up-close by our team of inspiring, knowledgeable guides.

Presentations and hands-on activities are delivered to school groups which meet the national curriculum criteria for key stages 1 and 2 (aged 5-11), we also offer sessions for younger children, and we can tailor talks for key stage 3 and upwards. Further details on our education sessions can be found on the website: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php

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What does a typical educational visit include?
Educational groups are welcome to book just for admission only, or admission as well as 1 or 2 education sessions. Education session options are:

Minibeasts
Location: Butterfly House
Up close encounter and handling of a variety of invertebrates, including Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African millipedes, Vinegaroons, Stick insects, Tarantulas, and Giant African land snails. A great lesson to get children thinking about different types of minibeasts, where they would live, and what they might eat!
Animals featured in this session may vary. Please note that when this session is taking place in the Butterfly House, this is a warm, humid environment which may not be suitable for very young children.

Feather, fur and scales
Location: Small Animal House (Canopy Seating Area)
Up close encounter and hands on experience with animals such as Owls, Guinea pigs, Snakes, and Lizards.
This talk is ideal for pupils to learn the basics of animal classification and discuss the characteristics of mammals, birds and reptiles, and what makes these groups of animals so different from one another.
Animals featured in this session may vary.

Animal senses, tropical habitats and adaptations
Location: Butterfly House
Close encounter and hands on experience with exotic animals including Snakes, Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Millipedes, Tarantulas and Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs.
A great interactive lesson to get children thinking about exotic habitats such as rainforests; the animals that live within them, and what senses these animals might use to survive.
Animals featured in this session may vary. Please note that the Butterfly House is a warm, humid environment which may not be suitable for very young children.

The Tropical Butterfly House Education Sessions mainly cover science topics however there is also cross-curricular learning in subjects such as English Language, Geography, and Mathematics.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework Links: (ages 0-5 years old)
Communication and language
Physical development
Personal, social and emotional development
Mathematics
Understanding the world.

Key Stage 1 Science Links: (ages 5-7 years old)
Years 1 and 2 programme of study
Working scientifically
Pupils will be taught:
- asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
- identifying and classifying
- using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Year 1 programme of study
Animals, including humans
Pupils will be taught:
- identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores
- identify and name a variety of common animals that may include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Year 2 programme of study
Living things and their habitats
Pupils will be taught:
- compare living things, and with help decide how to sort and group them
- identify that animals live in different habitats to which they are suited and describe how that habitat meets the needs of different things
- describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Animals, including humans
Pupils will be taught:
- notice that animals have offspring that grow into adults
- find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, for survival (water, food, air)

Lower Key Stage 2 Science Links: (ages 7–9 years old)
Year 3 programme of study
Animals, including humans
Pupils will be taught:
- identify that animals need the right types and amounts of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
- identify that some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Year 4 programme of study
Living things and their habitats
Pupils will be taught:
- recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
- explore and use classification keys to group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- recognise that environments can change and that this can pose a danger to livings things.

Animals, including humans
Pupils will be taught:
- construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Upper Key Stage 2 Science Links: (ages 9-11 years old)
Year 5 programme of study
Living things and their habitats
Pupils will be taught:
- describe differences in the lifecycle of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect or a bird
- describe the life process of reproduction in some animals.

Year 6 programme of study
Living things and their habitats
Pupils will be taught:
- describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms and animals
- give reasons for classifying animals based on specific characteristics.

Evolution and inheritance
Pupils will be taught:
- recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
- recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
- identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Key Stage 3+:
Sessions can be tailored to suit, please speak to the Tropical Butterfly House Education Team.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Work sheets are not currently provided. National curriculum links to each session can be found on the website: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Education groups are welcome to take photographs around the centre however we kingly ask that visitors make every effort not to adversely affect another visitor’s enjoyment of an activity (e.g. obscuring someone else’s view in order to capture an image)

Any photographs, digital images, or video recordings made during a visit to the Tropical Butterfly House may only be for personal use. The sale of photographs, digital images, or video recordings for profit can only be done with prior permission by contacting info@butterflyhouse.co.uk

The use of Aerial Drones, radio controlled helicopters, and UAV devices are strictly prohibited.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide a risk assessment which is downloadable from the website: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php
1 teacher per class can also come to the centre prior to their visit to complete a risk assessment, admission is free. The teacher pre-visit request form will need to be completed on the website: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php and returned to education@butterflyhouse.co.uk

Does your venue have an education officer?
Tropical Butterfly House Education Team: education@butterflyhouse.co.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
2017 prices are:
Jungle (admission only): £6.70 per child inc VAT.
Safari (admission and 1 guided session): £6.95 per child inc VAT.
Explorer (admission and 2 guided sessions): £7.20 per child inc VAT.
1 adult free per 5 children, additional adults are £9.50 each.
Minimum booking: 20 children.
Optional goody bags: £3 per child.

Please check the website for the most up-to-date prices, and information: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/schools.php

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
We would recommend that visitors wear suitable clothing for being outdoors as well as indoors (layers)

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
First aiders are on site every day.

Please list facilities available.
Jungle Gift Shop, indoor area available for education visitors for lunch, Butterfly Café, £3 goody bags available to purchase in advance.

What are your disabled facilities?
The Tropical Butterfly House is fully accessible apart from a small area in the Butterfly House which can be viewed from a viewing platform.

What are your opening days and hours?
Open from 10am, closing times vary throughout the year.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Feedback from Bolehill Nursery, Sept 2017:
‘Hello, We had a lovely day thank you. The talk we had was very good and the children enjoyed getting close and hands on with the animals. The talk was just the right length for the children as any longer I think they would have got restless. Thank you for a lovely day and we hope to return next year. Many thanks Rachel’

Feedback from Calow School, July 2017:
‘Dear Butterfly House Team, Just a note to say thank you for a wonderful educational visit on Wednesday. The children and staff really enjoyed their day with you. We learnt so much from Dee about animals with feather, fur and scales. We have been writing about, drawing and making owls and tortoises back at school. Regards Sue Russ, Calow School Chesterfield’

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre is number 1 on TripAdvisor for things to do in Sheffield.


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

Type of Visit: Bird of Prey Centre Butterfly Farms Farms Parks and Gardens Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: 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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