Wynyard Woodland Park, Thorpe Thewles - Stockton.
Wynyard Woodland Park has recently had some redevelopment work on it. The small round house display is no longer in the visitors center which has been transformed into a cafe and gift shop. The 'educational' aspect has been removed altogether from the main building and been transferred to an old railway carriage which is now their 'novel new classroom'. This was not open when we visited so I'm assuming it will only be available for booked group visits.
There is a car park, however on the day that we visited there were people parking down the narrow entrance road as the car park was full. This made it incredibly difficult for cars to get in and out. If you are lucky enough to be able to make it into the car park one of the first things you see is a fantastic woodpecker topiary.
The new children's play area is phenomenal. Set amongst the trees there is equipment suitable for differing age ranges, in fact it is the only park I've been too which has enough play equipment to keep all 5 of my children occupied at the same time (age range 18 months to 15 years at the time of writing this).
There are the more traditional types of play equipment too.
Also within the park are the planetarium, orienteering course, sculpture trail, solar walk and the regular events that they put on at weekends and during the holidays. The day we went was the Go Wild! Trail on Hedgehogs and Moles. This consisted of a walk along the path of the old railway and a quiz sheet. You had to read the information sheets that were pinned up along the path, then spot the red dots with a question on it. By placing the correct letter on the sheets we were able to figure out what Mr Mole should feed Mr Hedgehog for dinner! Not awe inspiring for the older children but nice for the smaller ones. Thankfully the Solar Walk also takes place along the walkway so it would be possible to do both simultaneously, if your little ones have strong legs.
One of the things I love about Wynyard Woodland Park is how natural it is. It is set in woodland and farmland, and they have kept this natural environment around the play areas too. Beds of wildflowers are scattered around picnic benches at the side of the play areas and these attract butterflies and insects even while the children are playing there. The only downside to this were some giant wood wasps which decided to hang around some of the equipment.
Our overall view of the day (well couple of hours) was that it was not as great as Albert Park but the play area was AWESOME!
For more information about Wynyard Woodland Park, including the history, webcams and events diary visit their website.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:03 AM
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
When the Dorman Museum was first built in 1908 it housed a natural sciences collection. This has since expanded to include ethnographic, archaelogical and local history displays. Currently the museum is hosting an Ancient Egyptian exhibition which is due to end in November 2010.
The Dorman Museum is one of my favourite local museums to take the children to. We travel by bus to Middlesbrough town centre and then walk along Linthorpe Road to the museum, which takes approximately 30 minutes with a stroller and a 4 year old in tow.
The Dorman Museum is situated next to Albert Park which is very convenient when the weather is nice. We have developed a little habit of going around the museum in the morning, having a picnic in the park and then staying there to play for the afternoon.
The Dorman Museum website contains 8 permanent collections which are arranged over two floors. All are accessible by strollers and wheelchairs. The museum has several hands on exhibits and activity stations which engage younger children and keep their interest.
The museum is currently free and is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays). There are printable resources and activity sheets on the website, plus a couple of themed WW2 games that can be played online.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:36 AM
Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Albert Park in Middlesbrough is a Grade II listed park, entered in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. It was donated to the people of Middlesbrough in 1868 by Henry Bolckow, one of the founders of the local iron and steel industry.
There is a PDF file on the Middlesbrough Council website which contains a very short history trail, pointing out 6 items of historic value in the park.
The park is host to many activities including green bowls, roller skating rink, swan peddle boats, seperate childrens and teenagers play areas, tennis courts, orienteering trail and KMX bikes.
There are also plenty of grassy areas of playing games and picnic benches for lunch. One of the picnic spots had a range of wooden animals for the children to play on, even the big kids couldn't resist mucking around on them!
We decided to visit on a special "Try It" which they were running at the beginning of the summer holidays. A £1 ticket gave the children unlimited access to bowling, tennis, KMX bikes and orienteering for the entire day (10am - 6pm, the time the activities run). Although we passed on the orienteering, having decided that a little pair of legs would find it too much after everything else, we managed to partake in the other sports. Without a doubt the favourite pasttime was the KMX bikes, which all the children have now decided they want for Christmas!
There are at least two bowling greens at the park, the public green and the club green. For the public green you can just wear your normal flat shoes and they provide the equipment.
Rackets and balls are also provided for the those people wishing to take part in the tennis.
The park also has toilets, vending machines and baby changing facilities, with an ice-cream cart turning up during the warmer weather. Be prepared to spend quite a while down there - we managed 6 hours and the children still didn't want to leave!
Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, July 27, 2010 5:31 AM
British Nutrition Foundation Printable Teacher Resources
This section provides links to a vast array of resources to support teachers and pupils in schools learning about food and nutrition. Posters, worksheets, PowerPoint presentation, ICT templates and much much more is available to download.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:27 AM
British Dental Health Foundation Printable Puzzles & Games
Dot-to-Dot, word puzzles, spot the difference, colouring in, stories and quiz - free fun printables all on a dental theme.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:08 AM
Spiderman In Amazing Adventures
Part of the America Reads initiative, Spiderman In Amazing Adventures was developed to encourage literacy in boys. A selection of word puzzles featuring Spiderman and his enemies. they can be printed off individually or as a PDF book.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:22 AM
Animal Aid Education
Most of the educational resource from animal aid are from, others are reasonably priced to cover postage and production costs.
Animal Aid is an animal rights group who peacefully campaign against animal abuse and promote a cruelty free lifestyle.
Their resources include student factsheets, activities, DVDs, information booklets, campaign leaflets and posters. They also provide a free school speaker service.
As an example of what their resources can contain, the Animal Writes English Resource, is a KS3 resource primarily aimed at Year 9. It was written by Teachit for Animal Aid and the pack includes a resource booklet with 9 balanced work units containing teachers’ notes and photocopiable student worksheets, plus a copy of the Their Future in Your Hands DVD and a large colour poetry poster. IWB resources for use on SMART boards are also available.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:18 AM
Free Online Puzzle Generator
Puzzlemaker is a free puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more — using your own word lists. This is a useful tool as it can be used to help reinforce keywords for any subject.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:05 AM
Tutankhamun secrets go online
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:28 PM
Death In Sakkara - Online Adventure Set in Egypt 1929
Death In Sakkara is from the BBC History website.
"Egypt, 1929. Journalist Charles Fox plunges into a darkly sinister world of intrigue, murder and mysticism in the hunt for a missing archaeologist.
Multi-layered and fiendishly challenging, you'll be lucky to get out of this adventure alive."
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:09 PM
Escape The Pyramid Online Game
Escape The Pyramid is a maze game where you have to guide your Egyptian out of the pyramid before your torch runs out - you also need to avoid the pharoah
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:08 PM
Find Egypt Worksheet
This printable worksheet shows a colour map of Egypt, black & white map of Africa and black & white map of the World. The idea is that Egypt is identified in both maps and coloured in.
Click on the image below to load up the printable PDF file in a new window.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:07 PM
History On The Net - Ancient Egypt
The History On The Net site has a comprehensive range of materials aimed at both Key stage 2 and 3 pupils.
The section on Ancient Egypt has pages covering an Ancient Egyptian timeline, society, housing, food, clothing, farming, pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs, numerals, quick quizzes and wordsearches.
There is also an online shop which sell PDF format colouring books & worksheets.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:03 PM
Mummy Maker Online Game
Mummy Maker is an online game from the BBC History website.
"Enter the embalmer's workshop, where you are to prepare the body of Ramose, officer to the king, for burial.The chief embalmer, Kha, will be watching your work closely.
Complete your task perfectly, or he will be denied paradise."
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:01 PM
Pyramid Challenge - Online Game to build a pyramid
Pyramid Challenge is a game brought to you from the BBC History website.
"Journey back four and a half thousand years to Egypt's Old Kingdom, to the Pyramid Age.
As the vizier, or head of state, you are about to undertake the building of the king's pyramid.
Have you got what it takes to be a pyramid builder?"
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:00 PM
The British Museum - Ancient Egyptians
The British Museum has a large collection of information online relating to Ancient Egypt. You can explore the galleries online, take online tours and view related objects.
If you are lucky enough to be in travelling distance of Great Russell Street, London you could even go for a visit.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:58 PM
The British Museum - Ancient Egypt Site
The British Museum Ancient Egypt website is interactive and covers Egyptian life, geography, Gods & Godesses, mummification, Pharaoh, pyramids, temples, time, trade & writing.
There are different online activities in each section including
There is also a Staff Room section which is supposed to help you get more out of the site too.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:54 PM
BBC Primary History - Statue of Ramesses II
The Statue of Ramesses II is on the BBC Primary History website. It contains text, photos and videos explaining briefly about Ancient Egypt, who Ramesses II was and the big bust.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:53 PM
BBC Primary History - Rosetta Stone
This Rosetta Stone Site is aimed at primary school children, it contains text, photos and videos.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:52 PM
BBC Primary History - Mummy of Hornedjitef
The Mummy of Hornedjitef is explained in this BBC Primary History site. The site contains text, photos and videos.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:51 PM
Ancient Egypt Reference Books
The selection of books below are ones that we withdrew from the library to help with our own project. I have included a few comments against each book to enable you to gauge better the suitability of such a book for your own use.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:50 PM
Ancient Egyptian Museum Exhibitons
The following museums host Egyptian collections, some of which are available to view online.
The following list from Desheret's Online Museum Guide also details museums in England that contain Egyptian artifacts in their collections.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:49 PM
Ancient Egypt at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Booklyn Museum of Art hosts an interactive online experience featuring over 1000 Ancient Egyptian objects featured in their Egypt Reborn : Art For Eternity exhibit. The pages provide information and activities about Egyptian art & culture.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:48 PM
Activity Books On Ancient Egypt
We used a range of activity books for ideas and practical projects whilst we were studying about Ancient Egypt. They were either bought in The Works or local charity shops, some of them we were able to take out of the library.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:47 PM
Fish and Kids
Fish Kids is a project of the Marine Stewardship Council, designed to bring sustainable seafood sourcing to schools and restaurants.
The education pack is filled with curriculum-linked resources to help you teach Science and Geography at key stages 1 and 2. The pack also contains activities linked to schemes of work for English and Citizenship at KS2. As well as activity sheets the pack contains lesson plans.
The pack can be downloaded in one go or in sections. If you are not able to download or print the pack you can request for a printed copy to be sent to you.
Other resources available on the site include activity sheets, slideshows, assembly plan and discussion cards.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:39 AM
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is working to eradicate premature deaths due to heart disease. Part of their strategy includes educating people about healthy eating and keeping active.
They produce a wide range of educational materials which are available to download or order online (some free, some request a donation).
Some of the publications include activity books, posters, peel and stick activity sheets, CD ROMs and reading books.
They also produce an excellent Big Food Challenge Pack which they suggest a £20 donation for. The website doesn't give many details as to the contents but it includes a set of playing cards and instructions for games, life size human body part cards (to show children where their heart, lungs, stomach, etc. are), inflatable globe and various other games and activities.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:36 AM
The Train Trail
The Train Trail is 10 uniquely different attractions set within the North East of England. Some of the attractions are free, others are not. When it was first introduced you were given a "passport" which was stamped at each of the attractions when you visited them, at the end of the trail you received a reward. Unfortunately I do not know if they are still doing this.
The ten attractions are the Stephenson Museum, Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Beamish, Tanfield Railway, Weardale Museum, Museum Of Hartlepool, Locomotion, Kirkleatham Museum, Darlington Railway Centre & Museum and Preston Hall.
There is an education pack which you can download from the Education Groups link, as well as activity sheets.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 7:51 AM