These downloadable workshops are linked to specialist equipment that can be used in association with a planned visit to the Avalon Marshes Centre. The equipment includes a unique water model demonstrating water management in the Avalon Marshes (suitable for ALL levels, the workshop is an example of how you can use it for KS2); a ‘peat dig’ tray for an archaeological excavation; a large floor map of the area, made of carpet tiles that pupils put together like a giant jigsaw; the Avalon Marshes ‘ruckles’ – sacks of foam blocks that imitate blocks of peat.
The water model can be used to engage all levels and ages in water management in the Avalon Marshes. This example workshop is designed for use with Key Stage 2 pupils. The water model is a hands-on resource helping pupils understand how people respond to changes in the environment, to manage water levels for agriculture and conservation. The water model links well to the science and geography curriculums, and also PSHE.
With this resources your pupils become archaeologists, and take part in a real dig. They will uncover ‘artefacts’ that represent different aspects of the landscape’s heritage, and learn through discovery and discussion. This resources links to the history curriculum.
The floor map provides an opportunity for pupils to enter and explore the Avalon Marshes landscape! It develops mapping skills, with links to the geography curriculum.
Harry is a peat worker, and tells you his story of working on the peat moors. Pupils can use the ‘ruckles’ activity to role-play life on the peat moors in the early 20th Century. With links to the history curriculum.
This calendar shows the availability of the equipment.