Region: Greater London East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Brickendon Lane, , Hertfordshire SG13 8NU

Contact: 01438 718543

Website: http://www.celticharmony.org/schools

Description

Celtic Harmony Camp are delighted to be UK School Trips venue of the month!

Celtic harmony is an award winning education charity bringing prehistory to life, with 17 years providing experiential learning within a real Iron Age settlement. Let our experts provide your class with a WOW Prehistory day packed with hands-on activities. Book your school trip for February 2016 onwards. If you want a Prehistory Day before then, our clan can come to your school between 16 November and 12 February 2016.

Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age settlement has roundhouses and farm animals, located in a beautiful working woodland setting and has been offering hands-on heritage education for over fifteen years with a dedicated education team of archers, warriors, storytellers, farmers, woodsmen and weavers. Your class will learn more about the natural world and life in ancient Britain first-hand. Pupils also experience a more sustainable way of life for the future with sustainable facilities such as a solar powered green toilet.

A Great venue for School Trips and Educational Visits

The unique hands-on approach and enthusiasm of our education leaders in the stimulating setting of a reconstructed Iron Age settlement, gives your class an experience they will be talking about for the rest of the year.
There are several options covering different age ranges and subjects including Stone Age day and Iron Age Farmer, Warrior and Chieftain days.

The new history curriculum for KS2 studies prehistory from Stone to Iron Age and a focus on local history in KS1.  Children get hands on experience of ancient activities bringing this period to life, and giving another perspective to what they have learnt in the classroom.  

Receive your Free Iron Age lesson plan and cartoon resource when you sign up for our enews at http://www.celticharmony.org/schools

Stone Age Day:

•    Introduction in the camp

•    Friction Fire lighting and Flintknapping talk

•    Den Building in the Woods

•    Soap Knapping

•    Hunting and Gathering

•    Trading

Iron Age Warrior Day :

•    Introduction in the camp

•    Woodland Quest

•    Trading

•    Archery

•    Headband making & face-painting

Open from mid February to mid November, we welcome schools to visit our Iron Age settlement. To compliment this, we offer an outreach program bringing the camp into school during the winter months to neighbouring counties.
National Curriculum links:

Children learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and talk about changes.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, role-play and stories.
http://www.celticharmony.org/pages/schools_testimonials.php

INSET Days

With 15 years in Outdoor Education, Celtic Harmony demonstrates how to bring Outdoor activities into every day teaching at School.

Open to all teachers, we encourage you not miss a great day for you and your colleagues. Value your people by using the team building expertise at Celtic Harmony to bring your staff together and learn more about working creatively with natural materials.

Absolutely very inspiring day filled with usable ideas and information on a completely new area for us at school. Thank you for looking after us so well. Dominique Denremont St Catherine of Siena – 25/09/2014

•    Value your team with a unique Iron Age Experience at http://www.celticharmony.org/schools

•    Why not watch our videos to learn more about Celtic Harmony Camp

•     Watch our video of one of our many school trips: http://www.celticharmony.org/schools

•    What other teachers are saying about their trip: http://www.celticharmony.org/pages/schools_testimonials.php


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age settlement has roundhouses and farm animals, located in a beautiful working woodland setting and has been offering hands-on heritage education for over fifteen years with a dedicated education team of archers, warriors, storytellers, farmers, woodsmen and weavers. Your class will learn more about the natural world and life in ancient Britain first-hand. Pupils also experience a more sustainable way of life for the future with sustainable facilities such as a solar powered green toilet.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Benefits of a trip to Celtic Harmony Camp

Enjoyment: Children enjoy being outdoors and often face new challenges with positive attitudes, helping each other and working as a team.

Self Confidence: Children develop in confidence as they try new activities and progress towards successfully participating in new activities or seeing the visual results of a craft.

Social Skills: Children and young people appreciate the need to work together in challenges and the role in the group.
Appreciation for the Natural World: As children experience first-hand how the ancient Britons lived in harmony with the natural world, their appreciation, respect and belonging to their natural environment grows.

New Skills: Children learn new skills from weaving on a warp-weighted loom to shooting with a wooden longbow, and learn the importance of training to improve performance. Other skills include understanding how to dress appropriately for the outdoors and to feel comfortable being outside in a range of weathers.

Personal Development: Children learn self-reliance, how to take responsibility for their role in a group and work to succeed at new challenges whilst keeping a good humour in moments of discomfort.

Life Skills: Children and young people develop their skills to work cooperatively, communicate with each other and help their group achieve its goal.

Healthy Lifestyle: Children learn the benefits of outdoor activities and healthy leisure pursuits such as walking in the woods to Longbow Archery.

Motivation for Learning: Children are stimulated and remember an emotive hands-on experience, they learn to always try to achieve their best even in other areas of school and home life.

Breadth of Study:  As the children learn about the ancient Celtic culture, they gain an understanding of their own roots and appreciate different lifestyles and culture. This broadened awareness develops employment horizons to new possibilities (i.e. Falconry), and broadens their aspirations for the future.

There are follow-up classroom activities including storytelling & crafts.


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Celtic Harmony Camp is pleased to offer followers the advantages of both Twitter and Facebook to share and learn about ancient Britain.

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Receive your Free Iron Age lesson plan and cartoon resource when you sign up for our enews at http://www.celticharmony.org/schools

 
This venue has the following accreditation:

Celtic Harmony Camp has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for the high quality of the overall educational provision and the Adventure Mark for the high standard of Longbow Archery experience.


What size groups do they cater for?

15-120 depending on the program. Please call 01438 718543 to discuss your requirements.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Celtic Harmony provides a full and comprehensive Free Teacher Pack. The pack includes the outcomes of a visit, background information with Health & Safety procedures and risk assessments to prepare for the trip.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments are available for all activities on request. A generic risk assessment for a school visit is sent in the teacher pack.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Education officer: Celtic Harmony Education Team: info@celticharmony.org. tel: 01438 718543

What does it cost?

The Celtic Harmony experience is excellent value from £11 per child for the Stone Age day and Iron Age Farmer day (adults come free). This price includes a full day of hands-on activities.

Is specific clothing required?

Children are encouraged to dress in Celtic or Stone Age style. A short cloak draped around shoulders, pinned with brooch made from card and painted / decorated with pasta or beads or animal patterned leggings and fake fur sash. Basic tips on how to make a simple Celtic or Stone Age costume are in the Teacher Handbook.

Do you have first aid on site?

There is an Education Officer trained in First Aid on-site at all times.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

The Camp is located in Brickendon, near Hertford, with reconstructed Celtic Iron Age roundhouses, a Stone Age dwelling, Woodland Workshop areas, a garden of Celtic herbs, an Iron Age Barn with a Craft Shop and a Feasting Shelter with long tables and benches for lunch as well as a café for the colder months. There is a trading post where children can swap their pound coins for Catuvellaunni coins to take home a fair trade souvenir.

Facilities, such as the solar-powered green toilets and the recycling area, use the latest alternative technology whilst the thatched roundhouses are built from wattle & daub, embracing modern and ancient techniques of sustainable living.
There is a free of charge car park for coaches.


Are there disabled facilities?

Facilities are suitable for the disabled, an access pathway runs around the camp and there is a disabled toilet with a ramp and roundhouses are wheel chair accessible. All programs are inclusive and are often tailor-made for special need schools.

What are your opening days and hours?

Celtic Harmony Camp Iron Age settlement, is open when schools book during the term and on special events. Visits can be arranged before your trip by telephoning 01438 718543.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“I was thoroughly impressed by the venue and the sessions on offer at Celtic Harmony. The site has been sensitively and traditionally developed to represent a Celtic establishment. Sessions have been very well designed to engage young people and teach them about Celtic traditions. The staff delivering the sessions were energetic and really encouraged young people to learn To deliver a quality product Celtic Harmony have linked all their days to areas of the curriculum” Teresa Thorp, Learning Outside The Classroom Inspector, April 2013.

“The Children Really enjoyed their experience and have gained a huge amount of knowledge and understanding. This will, without a doubt, remain with them for a very long time” Miss Victoria Pyne-barham, St Joseph’s School.

Experience Ancient Britain hands-on with a Prehistory Trip http://www.celticharmony.org/schools


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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Crafts Environment Centres Green Awareness Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Science & Technology Sports Themed Attractions Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography History Mathematics Music PE PSHE Religious Education Science

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


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