Our key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) sessions at The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park bring learning to life for children aged 5 to 11 years. Uncover, discover and be inspired by the natural world!
You can book either a half or full-day session. Two half day sessions may be combined to make a full day. In the list below sessions are half day length unless otherwise stated. Once you’ve selected your sessions, just fill in our enquiry form and we can arrange your visit.
Mission: Invertebrate (KS1 & 2)
Mission: Invertebrate aims to better understand the bugs and beasties that make their home in the Royal Parks. This full or half day session covers invertebrate classification, habitats and the important roles invertebrates play in them. A limited number of free sessions and 50% discounts are available to non fee-paying schools. Find out what’s available and how to book your group’s visit on the Mission: Invertebrate for schools page.
Come on a sensory journey as we explore the local environment. Use your senses to compare different textures, sounds, smells and tastes in our wildlife garden then look for different animals and birds in the wider park.
Life cycles (KS1)
Use real animals to learn about growing and changing. Have a look at spring out in the park and think about how we can help birds care for their chicks.
Habitats (KS1 & 2) – full day session
Choose between a focus on food chains or classification.
Visit the different habitats in Hyde Park and find out how they provide the basic needs for plants and animals. Hunt for minibeasts under logs, in the pond or out in the meadow. Use binoculars to find a wealth of bird life on the lake and surrounding woodland. Identify, name and classify common local animals OR find food chains and feeding groups in our woodland and pond invertebrates.
Dirty hands, green fingers (KS1 & 2)
Find out how plants grow and learn to identify common plants and trees as we explore the garden and park looking at their structure. Act out the plant life cycle and make an art work using natural resources. Older children take a closer look at flowers and pollination in the life cycle of plants. All levels will plant a seed to take home.
Exploring spring (KS1 & 2) – available after February half term
Explore the park as the trees begin to blossom and early bees visit spring flowering bulbs. Find out how this fits into the life process of reproduction in plants. Observe and describe the changing seasons and how animals are taking advantage of warmer weather. Identify local trees and then make a seasonal artwork with natural materials to take home.
Exploring summer (KS1 & 2)
Observe and describe the changing seasons and how animals are taking advantage of the warmth. Meet a tree while blindfolded as we explore the park in all its summer finery. Enjoy our scavenger hunt and other outdoor activities before creating an artwork out of natural materials to take home.
Exploring autumn (KS1 & 2)
Explore the park as the trees put on their beautiful autumn display, discovering different seeds, nuts, berries and fungi as we go. Find out how they fit into the life process of reproduction. Observe and describe the changing seasons and how animals are preparing for winter. Create some leaf art to take home. KS2 students may also investigate seed dispersal.
Focus on life in the pond (KS1 & 2)
Pond dip in our own pond, discovering the wealth of invertebrates and amphibians living in this habitat. Use magnifiers and microscopes to examine how organisms have adapted, or group them finding similarities and differences. Explore food chains and learn the basics of scientific drawing.
Focus on life in the trees (KS1 & 2)
Invertebrates living in trees are often forgotten but this is a great habitat to explore. Using nets and sheets we will shake the bugs from the trees then collect and examine them in specimen pots. Use binoculars to discover the trees' bird inhabitants and maybe some nests too.
Focus on life in the undergrowth (KS1 & 2)
Beneath our feet worms and other invertebrates are constantly busy breaking down nature’s litter of sticks and leaves. Roll logs in our garden to find worms and woodlice, slugs and snails and examine them using specimen pots and magnifiers. Visit the wormery before venturing out into the wider park for a game.
Maps and orienteering (KS1 & KS2)
Learn to use a compass, map and key before setting off on an orienteering adventure around Hyde Park. Locate landmarks on an Ordnance Survey map as you search for the next clue. Create a key to a map of our garden to take home.
Talk about the weather (KS1 & KS2)
Observe and record the day’s weather and relate it to seasonal patterns. Use simple equipment to measure wind speed and temperature before recording your data. Make a windmill to take back to school. KS2 students use compasses to investigate direction of weather patterns and employ fieldwork skills to observe, measure and record weather conditions.
Find out what we have done to try and make The LookOut, Hyde Park as sustainable as possible. How can you do the same at home? Explore the distribution of natural resources and investigate renewable energy sources. Split into teams to create your own wind turbine out of recycled materials and take the best one back to school.
Pirates in the park (KS2) – full day session
Science, geography, history and art combine in this exciting day-long adventure! Come dressed as pirates to navigate your way across Hyde Park and find your escape ship at the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. We’ll upcycle various materials to create a floating raft, paint pirate flags and use weather measuring equipment as we immerse ourselves in the world of pirates. A cross-curricular day of excitement!
Nature, Navigation and Nastiness in St James's Park (KS2)
St James’s Park has a long and rich history. In London's oldest Royal Park, your group will discover quirky facts and stories about its past while learning to navigate around it. With a carefully selected set of activities including orienteering and drama, your group will never look at a park in the same way again! This local history study also involves elements of science, including mention of habitats and food chains. Maths skills will be needed to calculate distance using a map scale, and descriptive English language skills to develop and deliver a group drama on one aspect of the park’s history.
Please note that this session takes place entirely in St James's Park, and is currently available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Winter art (KS1 & 2)
Explore the beauty of a winter’s day while creating a ground collage using the colour, pattern and texture of natural resources. Compare your work to that of some great outdoor artists and sculptors. Take home a leaf rubbing or sketch of a tree silhouette. Use magnifying glasses to find hidden patterns in nature. KS2 children can search for 2D and 3D shapes and different angles.
Plan your visit
Have you chosen which sessions you’d like to join? Have a look at our practical information (including details on prices and bursaries), or go ahead with planning your visit by filling out our enquiry form! If you have any questions, just drop us a line on 0300 061 2286 or email email@example.com.