Set in 23 acres of the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside, Branstone provides a range of immersive cross-curricular workshops for primary schools in its indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
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At Branstone, you can choose from a wide range of workshops and self-led activities that focus on different aspects of science, history, art, design and technology, maths, English and physical education to help you tailor your day to suit the needs of your pupils and help bring their learning to life.
Download a copy of Branstone's Teacher Pack detailing current workshops and activities.
Download a copy of Branstone's Self-Led Activity Pack.
Subjects covered by the workshops include:
ENGLISH: Three Little Pigs / Owl Babies
HISTORY: Historic Farm / Anglo-Saxon/Viking First Aid
SCIENCE: Earth Walks / Minibeasts / Pond Dipping / Tracks and Signs / Poo: Predator or Prey? / Beak Adaptations / Owl Babies / Three Little Pigs
ART: Natural Art: Andy Goldsworthy
MATHS: Treemendous Trees
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: Shelter Building
The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.
To help you determine whether Branstone is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.Help OFF Quick Website Intro
Assistance dogs allowed
Classrooms and toilets are fully accessible
Assistance dogs allowed
Uneven ground with no hard paths; can make for difficult access
Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.
This section helps you identify whether Branstone has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.Help OFF
- Schools generally visit between 10am-2:30pm but visits can be made shorter or longer depending on the workshops booked.
Workshops can be combined to make an all-day visit possible.
Open all year Tuesdays - Thursdays
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In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to BranstoneHelp OFF Quick Website Intro
Certain activities have specific clothing and supervisory requirements. Check brochure and risk assessment for details and recommendations.
One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.
Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Branstone by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.
If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.Help OFF Quick Website Intro
For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Branstone. You may use it as the basis for your own documentation. We do not warrant that this is either complete or accurate, and would be happy to help arrange a site pre-visit if required.Generic Risk Assessment (pdf) →
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Mixed Ability resources are suitable for all ability levels within the specified Key Stage.
You will notice that either ALL aspects of the resource are suitable for all abilities, or that the activities are grouped into sections so that you can direct students accordingly - these resources typically progress in difficulty or offer enrichment tasks for higher ability students.
Lower Ability resources are differentiated especially to appeal to less capable students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities are introduced using less challenging language and feature prompts which are not present in other versions of the resource. For example, in word-finding activities the lower ability version might include letter counts or other clues.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are carefully designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete.
Mid Ability resources are differentiated to appeal to average students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities use carefully considered language and will often be simplified compared to high ability versions of the resource. For example, in mathematics activities numbers might be deliberately rounded to make calculations more straightforward or avoid fractions.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete.
High Ability resources are differentiated especially to appeal to the most capable students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities generally offer more challenging questions, or additional tasks to enrich the overall experience and learning available.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are carefully designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete..