Primary & Early Years

Outdoor learning

Primary schools & Early Years

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The Raleigh School

Outdoor education programmes

Our early years and primary programmes are designed to guide children on a journey of discovery into nature, inspiring natural inquisitiveness, a sense of adventure and empathy for the natural world.

Our approach

Our sessions are planned with the children in mind, involving a range of engaging, hands-on activities and games to suit all learning styles. Every session aims to encourage enquiry, creativity and teamwork as well as delivering subject-specific learning outcomes.

Once you've chosen your sessions from the programme guides below, get in touch to book your visit. One of our tutors will then contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail, answer any questions and will provide you with a plan of the day.

Our education centres

Our two education centres each have large, private nature reserves to give your class a unique, immersive experience and to give you peace of mind regarding their safety.  Find more information on both of our centres here.

Nower Wood Education Centre

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

A typical day

Schools typically choose two of our half day sessions or one full day session, with a normal day running from 10:00 – 14:15 including a break for your packed lunch. See our Programme Guides below to find out more about our sessions and prices.

Wild learning at Nower Wood

Booking enquiries

Choose your sessions from the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 programme guides below and get in touch to book your visit:

Call 01372 379509

Wildlife discovery kits available for hire

Our Wildlife Discovery kits contain specialist equipment and are available to all schools, community groups and youth groups across Surrey.

Minibeast Explorers

Identify the mini-beasts in your grounds

  • 30 magnifying viewing pots

  • 6 minibeast collecting trays

  • 1 sweep net
  • 1 beating tray
  • 12 identification keys
  • 30 wooden spoons

Fun with Freshwater

Discover an exciting underwater world

  • 5 pond dipping nets

  • 5 white collecting trays

  • 30 magnifying viewing pots
  • 6 identification keys
  • Plastic spoons

Whatever the Weather

Learn about the wonders of weather

  • 2 cup anemometers
  • 2 rain gauges

  • 1 digital anemometer
  • 2 compasses
  • 2 cloud identification keys
  • 6 thermometers
  • 1 digital hygrometer

Investigating Plants

what’s growing under your feet?

  • 5 metre rules
  • 5 frame quadrats
  • 5 grid quadrats
  • 2 50m tape measures
  • 6 plant identification keys
  • 3 clinometers

Hedgehog/Footprint Tunnels

Detect hedgehogs and small mammals

  • 3 footprint tunnels
  • instruction pack

  • resources for surveying
  • Mammal footprint guide

Cost: £25 per week

(A £50 refundable deposit is required with these bookings)


For more information and availability please email or contact Victoria Pinder 01483 663300. Kits are available for collection from either Nower Wood, Leatherhead or our HQ in Pirbright (near Woking).

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