Activities for key stage 3 and 4
Forest Service provides challenging activities for pupils in the Secondary/Grammar School (key stage 3 and 4) age group. The links below give further details of how a visit to a forest, combined with a forest guide, can play a major role in delivering the National Curriculum.
Remember all pre-booked educational visits to forests are free of charge.
Resource - Multi Purpose Forestry - introductory teacher support pack
Location - these activities can take place in any forest alone or with the assistance of a forest guide
This support pack is primarily intended to both inform and support teachers of key stage 3 and 4 pupils who choose to study forestry as part of their current or future teaching programme. The pack was developed by the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage and provides a background on the significance of forestry as a multi-purpose land use that impacts upon economic, social and environmental aspects of life in Great Britain.
Although developed in Great Britain, the pack is suitable for use in Northern Ireland and would be best used in conjunction with a visit or series of visits to your local forest, alone or accompanied by a forest guide.
Mathematics for key stage 3
Activity - Forest maths trails
Location - Florence Court Forest Park, County Fermanagh and Gortin Glen Forest Park, County Tyrone.
These trails offer an opportunity to do some practical maths while in a natural environment. They are aimed at key stage 3+ pupils but are accessible to all willing learners young or old. Support may be needed for those with poor reading skills.Those following the trail are led around by a series of wooden posts with coloured discs that relate to locations on a map provided.
History for key stage 3
Resource - A Guide to the History of Belvoir Park Forest
Location - Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast
This guide acts as an educational supplement to the permanent exhibition at Belvoir Park Forest. It traces the history of the area now occupied by Belvoir Park Forest from the time of the Normans, the O'Neills and though to the present day. It is aimed at key stage 2 and 3 but is accessible to all willing learners young or old.