The Outdoor Education Centre at Kippure Estate is proud to have been awarded the status of Primary Science Centre. This means that attending one of our Discover Primary Science days will help you gain credits towards an Award of Science Excellence.
And this is only one great reason to choose us as hosts for your event. We provide a range of fun, stimulating school tours in the beautiful surroundings of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, all of which are led by fully qualified instructors who are genuinely passionate about what they do.
Science and maths are brought to life on our activity days. Students have the opportunity to explore how biology, chemistry and physics relate to the modern world through fun, simple experiments. Why does a steel ship float? What makes a bottle of water fly upwards? Where would you find food in the woods? Why are leaves green? Are trees really that important? How do you read a map? These questions and many more will be answered on a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) day.
Our days are themed to add a fun dimension, including a Pirate Training Programme which will see your group of swashbucklers foraging for food, learning basic first aid and swinging from ropes as they learn some basic survival skills and seafaring knowledge. We also offer a Celtic Warrior Training Day which teaches experientially how people took care of themselves many years ago in Ireland before the evolution of the modern world.
All of the activities are designed to develop key scientific skills such as critical thinking, questioning, observing, analysing, designing and making, predicting and evaluating. On arrival, your group will be encouraged to ask questions and explore new territory, uncovering what animals live here, what plants grow here, what the history of the place is and how could they survive here. The workshop is entirely experiential and encourages the students to engage with the environment, using their senses.
For those on the full day (5.5 hours) we encourage a ‘No Waste Lunch’: Schools participating in this workshop are invited to create their ‘no waste’ lunch before they arrive and after eating, students will take part in a breakdown game to discover how long different materials last in our environment, with a discussion on what effect this has on the environment and animals/plants living there.
Strand: Environmental Awareness and Care
Strand Units: Caring for the Environment, Environmental Awareness
Skills: Planning, Analysing and Making
We offer a choice of four different experiments for teachers to choose from, as part of our School Tour Wicklow packages, depending on their current classroom lessons.
1 Bottle Rocket
2 Build a mini raft
3 Measure the height of a tree
4 Habitat Comparison
All of the above are relevant to other strand units, e.g. Force, properties and characteristics of materials; or Plants and animals, Science and environment.
For the Treasure Hunt the strand units of The local natural environment, Land, rivers and seas of my county, Rocks and soils, Weather, climate and atmosphere are part of the Natural Environment strand of the geography syllabus.
During the DPSM programme, students will participate in a selection of the following activities:
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