Pelham Centre for the Environment Essex

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South East, East of England

National Grid Sub-station Stocking Pelham, Nr Buntingford, Essex, SG9 0JA

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College

Pelham is close to Stansted and the M11 on the Hertfordshire border. The centre manages nature reserves which act as outdoor classrooms for visiting groups.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Citizenship | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Crafts | Bushcraft | Science | PSHE | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | Music | MFL | ICT | History | Geography | Environmental Studies | English | Wildlife and Nature Reserves

What makes us a great choice?

A group visit Pelham provides an ideal opportunity to explore and investigate the natural environment of North Essex. The centre is situated in educational nature reserves, with a range of well managed habitats from river and ponds to meadows and woodland. Educational programmes are continually being developed for schools, special interest groups and the local community. School courses from foundation stage to A level are tailored to individual needs and are run by experienced and qualified centre teachers.

Pelham welcomes groups from primary, secondary and special schools, from within Essex and beyond. Courses are designed to support visits from Foundation Stage to A level, along with courses for teachers and weekend natural history courses for adults. While essentially non-residential, an increasing number of schools are arranging to stay for two or more days.

Secondary schools appreciate the quality of the field courses the centre offers in Biology and Geography. Many A level groups undertake coursework projects with advice from experienced centre staff. For primary and special schools, courses are designed in consultation with teachers to fit into National Curriculum programmes of study in science and geography but can include aspects of numeracy, literacy, art and ICT. A visit is also an opportunity to introduce Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which is now part of the National Curriculum.

Opportunities for outdoor learning include:

A level Biology and Geography, GCSE and Key Stage 3 Science and Geography, Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 cross curricular environmental courses, Environmental experiences for Youth groups,

What is typically included?

Pelham Centre for the Environment is the ideal setting in which to explore and investigate the environment. Qualified teaching staff have developed a wide range of activities for Key Stages 1-3 that not only teach children about the environment but are also linked to the National Curriculum, and most importantly are FUN!

With no set menu of activities the staff at the centre are able to design a programme specifically for each visiting group, appropriate to age and ability, including pupils with learning difficulties.

Being cross-curricular, environmental education integrates a number of subject areas including numeracy and literacy as well as Geography and Science. Orienteering, problem solving and scavenger hunts are just some of the activities that link well into teaching numeracy, while sensory work, exploration and literacy trails are an excellent stimulus for language work.

However, visits can focus on particular aspects of the National Curriculum if desired e.g. QCA modules in Science and Geography. INSET courses on many aspects of the Curriculum are also available.

In addition to school groups, Pelham runs courses for special interest groups and the local community. Regular open days with special themes are held each year and 'Wild and Crafty', our out of school activity week is held each year.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can take 2 classes at a time.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Teacher's packs, Objectives forms and participant sheets are all provided, as is all equipment needed.

Please visit this link for details on activities and follow up work for key stages 1 - 4.


Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes - this is fine by prior arrangement.

Risk Assessment Details

Please visit this link for all safety and risk assessment information.


Education Officer Information

The centre manager is the education officer please call above number.

Pricing Information

Please visit this link for all fees and costs.


Clothing Requirements

Suitable outdoor clothing will be required.

First Aid Information

Yes - there are always first aiders available.

Available Facilities

There is an area set aside for eating lunches and there is no shop or vending area for groups.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

There are good access and facilities for those in wheelchairs.

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