Friday, 25 September 2015

New Academic Year!

Den Building
The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time for the Education team here at Holkham and we were straight back in the thick of things this week when we welcomed our first school visit of the Autumn term to the estate. 120 enthusiastic Year 1 & 2 pupils from Swaffham Junior School spent a busy day with Will, Michaela and Sarah, our fantastic new volunteer. Den Building was the main focus for the day and pupils discussed the woodland habitat, its creatures and the dangers within. Knots were learnt and practised, survival skills were put to the test and both natural and manmade resources were used to help construct some really fantastic dens.
It was great to see the teamwork, leadership skills and new friendships that developed when the groups were set some quite tough challenges. It demonstrated just how valuable educational field trips can be to pupils and teachers alike at the start of a school year, when pupils in new classes are just getting to know each other. By the end of the day each group had transformed into a solid, efficient and, most importantly, happy team of den building experts.

Renewable Energy Study - Wood chip for biomass
Also this year, we are very excited about the extensive new Secondary and Sixth Form Programme that we have been developing over the past 6 months. The new brochure will soon be flying hot off the press and the new website section will also be going live. With the huge scope for high level field work here on the Holkham Estate we look forward to welcoming GCSE and ‘A’ Level students here, where they can experience a totally new and unique way of studying Geography, Biology, Art & Design, Photography and Business Studies, Leisure & Tourism. 

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