"It's not rocket science!"

Nature and the Outdoors:


50 things to do before you're 11¾

This is an initiative by the National Trust to try to reconnect children with nature and the outdoors. On this website, there is a short video to introduce the initiative, links to National Trust events and an app to download. Follow the links to sign up a list of the 50 things families can do to get closer to nature and so that your children can track their progress, earn badges, certificates and collect rewards on the way.


Nature Detectives

This is a website run by the Woodland Trust. It is brimming with ideas for outdoor activities to get children and families involved in nature. There are activity packs to download for each season, identification guides for plants and animals and details of Woodland Trust events.


Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

This is the website of a local charity who are trying to get more people involved in helping to help protect the environment and promote sustainable living. The Trust holds regular wildlife events and often has local and national initiatives encouraging children and families to get closer to nature.  The Wildlife Trusts also run nature reserves in Wiltshire and all around the UK.


Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre

This is our local wildlife rescue centre, near Cricklade. On the website, you will find advice on what to do if you find injured or abandoned wildlife. Our school supports this charity by holding fundraising stalls and making collections of dog & cat food. We have also re-homed two hedgehogs rehabilitated by the Oak & Furrows in our school grounds.



The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

This is a national wildlife conservation charity. The RSPB run nature reserves around the UK. Their website has useful tips on wildlife gardening and wildlife guides.  Their ‘Make a home for wildlife’ campaign encourages everyone to make their gardens and neighbourhoods wildlife friendly.


General science and science experiments to try at home:


The Royal Institution ‘ExpeRimental – Bringing science home’

This website has a series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children. There are also details of family events, science shows and science museums.


National Geographic Kids

A fun look at science facts.


NASA Kids’ Club

On this website, there are details of past, present and future space missions, activities and space facts.



European Space Agency

On this website, there are details of past, present and future space missions, space facts and details of what it’s like to live in space. Use this website to keep up-to-date on Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station later this year.


What’s on? Details of local events and opportunities for citizen science:


Big Butterfly Count: 17th July – 9th August 2015

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost 560,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. On this website, there are butterfly identification charts and a place to post the results of your sightings.


This is the annual RSPB’s Great Garden Birdwatch survey, which takes place each January. The RPSB ask you to count the birds in your garden so that they can monitor trends in bird populations and see how different species are doing. The results from 2015 are in, so why not visit the website and see how the birds in our gardens are doing? The next birdwatch will be in January 2016 and we will put details of how to take part on our school website.

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