Primary Schools

Student-Centred Curriculumn-Based Education Activities
Discover Schools

Primary Schools

Each year we welcome thousands of Primary School students for School Tours and Discover Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) Days. Research shows that nature connection through outdoor play, learning and adventure is invaluable for the developing child and our woodland environment is the ideal setting.

We will work with you to put together a memorable day for you and your students. We have five SESE curriculum-based activities to choose from along with our range of adventure activities. Complete the day with a stop off in our little gift shop and Timber Tumbles Playground!

As an accredited SFI Discover Centre our DPSM activities focus on the investigation skills, the scientific-method, active data collection and problem-solving. DPSM Days cost €10pp and include three of the accredited activities. Programme runs September to April only. Participation in these activities can go towards the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence.

Outdoor Learning Activities

(1 hour duration, €5 per child)

A guided walk of the woodland incorporating a scavenger hunt with other nature-based activities. An enquiry-based learning approach is used as students are tasked with observing, identifying and recording a selection of common plants, animals and other natural objects. The nature trail also includes a look at our Bug Hotel, invasive species in the woodland (e.g. Laurel, Rhododendron), the impact of humans on the landscape and observation and examination of other natural features found in the woodland. Our Leave No Trace policy will be introduced to the children also.

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History)
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Materials, Environmental Awareness and Care, Natural Environments)
  • Physical Education

Skills Used:
Observation, Analysis, Identification, Recording, Investigation, Communication, Teamwork, Sensory awareness.

Estimated Duration: 50-60 minutes

Price: €5 pp

Uses a problem-based learning approach to determine water quality using aquatic species as indicators. In a shallow area of the River Dinin, students will use a sieving technique, to collect, examine and identify indicator species of water invertebrates using classification keys before releasing the ‘mini-beasts’ back into their natural habitat. From the types of water invertebrates recorded, students will try determine the river’s water quality.

Please note: This activity is weather dependent and may not be possible is water level is too high. Wellies are required for all participants (change of socks and/or clothes advised).

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History)
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Environmental Awareness and Care, Natural Environments)
  • Physical Education

Skills Used:
Questioning, Observation, Capture and Release techniques, Recording, Analysis, Classification, Investigation, Reasoning, Communication, Teamwork.

Estimated Duration: 50-60 minutes

Price: €5 pp.

A basic habitat study of the plant and animal life in our woodland. Students may use pooters, sweep nets, beating trays, cryptozoic traps and other equipment to capture and release woodland invertebrates and other flora and fauna. They will examine, identify and classify these ‘mini-beasts’.

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Environmental Awareness and Care, Natural Environments)
  • Physical Education

Skills Used:
Questioning, Observing, Analysis, Classification, Investigation, Recording, Communication, Selection of Sampling Techniques, Teamwork.

Estimated Duration: 50-60 minutes

Price: €5 pp

Our interactive multimedia exhibition charts the formation of coal through various environmental conditions over 300 million years ago. Students will see the processes that have shaped the Earth through time and discover geology, prehistoric flora and fauna and see amphibian fossils in our fossil room. Students will also hear about the Wandesforde Estate and related historical and industrial heritage. You can even crawl through our mini-mining tunnel to experience the working conditions and methods of a coal miner.

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History)
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Natural Environments, Energy and Forces)

SECONDARY

  • Geography (Patterns and Processes in Physical Environment, Patterns and Processes in
  • Economic Activity, Global Interdependence, Culture and Identity)
  • Biology
  • History

Skills Used:
Observation, Listening, Interpretation, Communication.

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes

Price: Primary €4 pp, Secondary €5 pp.

Using the outdoor space of Castlecomer Discovery Park, students work as part of a team to solve and understand a series of numerical problems. Guided in parts, students will explore mathematical topics in a real-life setting (e.g. basic numeracy, shapes, patterns, measurements, reasoning, geometry). This module aims to bring maths to life for students and to show how and where maths knowledge can be used in ‘real-life’. This activity is accredited by Discover Primary Science and Maths DPSM.

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Mathematics
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Materials, Environmental Awareness and Care, Natural Environments)
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History)
  • Physical Education

Skills Used:
Observation, Counting, Estimation, Sorting, Ordering, Comparing, Recording, Connecting, Problem-solving, Reasoning, Implementing.

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes

Price: €5 pp

Adventure Activities

(Primary School Saver Rates quoted)

* Please note: Zipline is not available to Primary Level due to height/weight requirements.

Booking

It’s never too early to book your School Tour, we book out early! To book please contact our Education Officer, Nichola: educationofficer@discoverypark.ie or call 056 4440707 to speak with a member of our Education Team.