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Date updated: 21/11/2022

Book a school visit

Join us for a fun and inspiring outdoor learning experience!

Connect with nature and ignite curiosity with our hands-on learning sessions lead by our Learning Officer. From inspiration for creative nature art in the wildlife gardens to dynamic history lessons on the playing fields, West Ham Park offers an engaging setting to enrich all curriculum subjects.

A visit to the park enables students to develop an understanding of the natural world around them and sessions can be linked to a variety of subjects including science, maths, history, geography, literacy and art. 

Choose from the list of sessions below and email West ham park learning team to arrange your free visit.


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KS2 school programmes

National curriculum link: History

Get transported back in time to the Stone Age and discover if you have the skills to survive! Can you work as a team to build a shelter or light a fire to protect yourself against the elements? This memorable session can be done as a great introduction to the Stone Age or at any point while the children are studying the topic to help consolidate their learning.

Top tip – book 2 x 1 hour sessions or a 2 hour session to leave enough time for your children to practice fire lighting and shelter building.

National curriculum link: Science

Get the opportunity to go pond-dipping or bug hunting in our hands on Habitats sessions. With a focus on adaptation, classification or food chains, children will be able to put their learning into context by visiting West Ham Park and seeing different habitats.

Top tip – book 2 x 1 hour sessions or a 2 hour session to give your children a chance to pond-dip and bug hunt and compare the habitats they have explored.

National curriculum link: Art

Get creative at West Ham Park and make nature-inspired art with a member of the Learning team. Take a look at examples of eco-art by famous artist Andy Goldsworthy and discuss the textures, patterns and colours that can be seen. Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at activities such as creating nature mosaics, sculpting and Hapa Zome, the art of Japanese leaf bashing.

Session length: 1 – 2 hours

National curriculum link: History

Become Blitz detectives when you visit West Ham Park and unearth clues to the local events that took place in WW2. Have a go at map reading, code breaking and clue solving to discover what happened at the park during the war.

Session length: 1 hour

National curriculum link: Geography, Physical Education

Compete in our Orienteering challenge at West Ham Park to test your teamwork and communication skills in this exciting session. We will show you how to use landmarks to find your way and how to use a compass to orientate your map before we set you off to explore the park in teams. Which team will get the most points and become Orienteering winners?!

Session length: 1.5 – 2 hours