Now that the school term has finished and the summer holidays are officially underway, it’s time to reflect on what an incredible school year we’ve had here at RSPB Sandwell. From April alone, we’ve had 28 different schools come to visit us, totalling 1435 individual children! That is an increase of 340 from the same period last year, which is a whole lot of brains and stomachs to feed!

While we leave it to the parents and teachers to satisfy the stomachs, we have it sorted for the brain. Sandwell offers a variety of different educational programmes from Rocks and Soils to Investigating Rivers to Brilliant Birds, so it's safe to say we have you covered from the classroom to the field all the way from EYFS to KS2.

 Investigating what grows in 'Plant Detectives'

I only jumped into the fold here at the beginning of the Easter term, but I think it’s safe to say that our most popular programmes are Discovering Land Minibeasts and Pond Minibeasts for EYFS and KS1. The excited screams are unparalleled when a group of 6-year olds find themselves a newt or toad nestled between the pond weed or grass. You can also guarantee the chaos that ensues as soon as a squirrel descends on the bird feeders during opening introduction!

 Getting ready for Pond Dipping

Here are some of our favourite quotes we've had from visiting schools:

“Best day ever!”

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day! The children loved it!”

“An excellent day. Super staff. Thank you.”

“I loved the birds and finding the big newt!”

If you’re a teacher or belong to a uniformed group and looking for a fun educational trip, then why not give our programmes a look and give us call! You can find out more about our school sessions here.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

     Anna - Education, Youth and Families Intern