Key stage 2 activities

Education Groups

These are a list of activities for our key stage 2 education groups. Most activities are available for 3 hours (half day) or 5 hours (full day) sessions. There will be time for lunch during the 5 hour session (children & teachers/parents to bring their own packed lunch)

How do I book?

Please check availability on our events calendar and then send us an enquiry with suggested dates using the link below.  We will need to speak to you prior to your visit so please include your contact number and the best time to contact you by phone.


  • Hannah and her team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the student experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.

  • Thank you so much for our trip today. We had a fantastic day and I am sure the children will be talking about it for weeks to come! The trip was so well organised and I was very impressed with your grasp of their names so quickly.

    Teacher from Education Group visit

  • “We had a truly wonderful day in the woods with A Touch of the Wild. It was an incredibly valuable experience for the children’s learning but also allowing them to learn in a play based way. Have already recommended you to friends and colleagues! Thank you for a fantastic day.”

    Ide Primary School

  • “The A Touch of the Wild team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the pupil experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.”

    Ilsington Primary School

  • The site was even better than last year. The children particularly enjoyed the nets and tree house and the marshmallows and hot chocolate. The teachers felt the led activities were valuable and we will definitely book again. Many thanks to all the staff.

    Exeter Cathedral School

  • We were all very impressed with our visit to the woods, the activities were well matched and the children had a wonderful time telling all their grown ups and the school in our class assembly.

  • We all really enjoyed our time in the woods. I was struck how calm all the children seemed around the camp fire and what great opportunities for cooperative play they had. I also thought the planned activities were wonderful and pitched at the right level. So we, too, came away feeling enthusiastic.

  • “Thank you for helping E to become more confident, independent and inquiring. She has learnt so much from you and is now always up for an adventure!”

    Parent, Dec 2022

  • “Thank you so much for looking after R again this year with so much care, interest and kindness. And for teaching her so much – amazing outdoor skills and knowledge and wonder, and independence, confidence and good socialising! And just for having such a fun time together! She’s absolutely loved her time with you and we feel so lucky to have come across you.”

    Parent, 2022

  • “A very big THANK YOU to all of you for all your hard work and enthusiasm. B has LOVED coming to see you since the day he started to the very end!”

    Parent, 2022

Wildlife discovery - 3 or 5 hours

Put your detective hat on and come and see whether you can work out which animals live in the woods at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate. There’s an abundance of animals who call these woods their home so we may well be lucky enough to find badger tracks and sets, deer tracks and lots more. Children will develop all their senses through playing a series of sensory awareness activities and will really enjoy searching for animal tracks and signs.

Numeracy – Number and place value
Science – Sound, living things & their habitats, plants & animals
Observation skills


Growing Plants - pollination and adaption - 3 or 5 hours

Consider what a plant needs to grow, investigate plant life in the forest, compare different habitats for plants. Play the pollination game. Plant your own seed to take back to school. Create a leaf print flag.

Science – Biology Material cycles & energy (nutrition & digestion)
Numeracy – Number & place value, addition, geometry, symmetry, reinforcing KS1 learning
Observation –  Shapes & colours in nature

Habitat experts (inc classification & keys) - 3 or 5 hours

Focus on animal life & the many habitats within he forest. Investigate animals of the forest, discover different micro-habitats, find mini-beasts and create homes for them. Play the Animal Adaption game.

Science – Living things & their habitats, animals & their environment, adaption
Art – Using tactile materials
Observation skills

Forest food chains & habitat - 3 hour

Find evidence of woodland food chains. Construct a food web. Investigate the inter-relationships that connect all life together.

Science – Habitats, food chains & webs, adaption, variation, energy transfer
Art – Construction

Crafts from the hedgerow - 3 or 5 hours

Gather natural materials from the ground, hedgerows and woods. Create your own craft inspired by colours, textures and shapes found amongst trees. Use simple tools, e.g. a saw and drill – under close supervision!

Numeracy – Counting
Science – Plants
Design & Technology – Select from a range of tools & materials to perform practical tasks
Art – Use a range of materials creatively

Survival Skills & campfire cookery - 3 or 5 hours

Consider what you need to live comfortably outdoors using minimum resources and minimal environmental impact. Collect wild food, put up shelters, play games, light fires & make food to be cooked over an open fire (please note, children must still bring packed lunch, as we will only be cooking snacks/light food)

Design & Technology – Cooking & nutrition, cooking over a campfire, principles of a healthy & varied diet

Science – Animals (human senses)
Numeracy – Sorting
Problem Solving
Team Work

Safety Information

The group will be safely supervised in all these activities by our trained and experienced staff, who will lead them on exciting adventures into the magical woods. All staff are qualified group leaders, first aid trained and DBS checked.