Case Study: Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Date Posted: 12/09/2013

Dragon Falls at Chessington.

School: Silver End Primary School, Witham, Essex
Number of pupils: 25
KS: 2

Exciting theme park rides came under the spotlight when Silver End Primary School organised its first ever visit to Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey.

To link in with the study of forces and science the school booked the Forces workshop, aimed at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, where school groups discover how roller coasters and other rides work.

These include the study of pushes and pulls, water and air resistance, friction and gravity. There are demonstrations, quizzes and hands-on activities to encourage the pupils to think about the various forces. The activities are linked back to the rides to put them in context.

Chessington, 12 miles south of central London, offers a wide range of experiences for schools with its park, divided into ten themed lands, and its zoo which houses more than 1,000 animals from the cute to the exotic and endangered.

Educational and fun

Silver End class teacher Victoria Gooding said: “I selected Chessington because it offered a workshop, which meant the day was structured and educational but also allowed the children the freedom to explore the park.

“We arrived at the park when it opened and had about an hour before the workshop. The session was fantastic as it enabled the children to see how the forces were working around the park and provide a real-life example of forces at work.

“The trip was such a success because we were catered for the whole day. We were welcomed into the park, it felt safe and Toni, the educator, was excellent at engaging the children.”

Victoria said the highlight was a combination of getting around the park very easily and the learning experience in the workshop.

“The children have used this experience in all of the continued learning this term,” she added. “I would recommend the day to any school. It would not have been possible to study forces so successfully without this school visit.”

A ride at Chessington.

School group benefits from Chessington

Chessington offers two free planning tickets per school trip so teachers can visit the attraction in advance to carry out a risk assessment. Lunch vouchers can be pre-booked and there is a designated entrance for schools to avoid queuing at the turnstiles.

A wide range of workshops are available for all Key Stages, which are held in the education centre, and they can be tailored to the needs of the school.

Workshops linked to the zoo will include meeting an animal, where possible, and cover topics such as conservation, habitat and different groups of animals.

Among the fun workshops for KS1 and 2 is Crime Scene Investigation where pupils try and solve a crime by gathering evidence from animal characteristics, including diet, habitat and classification, to try and identify the guilty party.

During school visits the only part of the day that is timetabled is the workshop and school groups are free to explore the park for the rest of the day.

However, there are many animal shows throughout the day which are great to include in an educational visit to the zoo – the sea lion show is especially popular with school groups.

For further school trip information contact:

Chessington World of Adventures Resort:
0871-282 5103

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