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Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE)

The London Borough of Bromley currently offers a wide range of school programmes covering Early Years, Key Stages 1 - 4 and AS/ A2 levels , delivered at the Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE) , by qualified teachers with backgrounds in Ecology and Environmental Science.

All courses are curriculum linked, and based in and around the natural environment. Activities are practical, sensory and involve hands-on participation, with the aim of not only teaching a particular subject area but also encouraging an interest and respect for the natural world, and enabling students to 'Learn outside the classroom'.

Early Years courses are themed around popular books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo, Bear Hunt, or particular topics; Colours, Senses, Seasons. Sessions are adaptable for individual groups and are practical, fun, and most importantly outside in the environment, whatever the weather.

A wide variety of Key Stage 1&2 courses are offered to fit in with the National Curriculum. These include science-based courses such as Habitats, Minibeasts, Life in Ponds, Discovering Plants, Rocks and Soils. As well as history e.g. Victorians, Geography - Weather, Mapping, Sustainability, and cross curricular courses such as looking at Seasonal Changes. Counrses are flexible to suit each school's requirements..

At Key Stage 3, 4 and AS/2, courses are based around a practical investigation. This allows students to gain experience of fieldwork techniques and the processes involved, as well as applying scientific theory. The investigations are set within a relevant and realistic context. e.g. protection of a SSSI habitat (such as Chalk Grassland) against development. Courses are flexible to fit in with specific course content.

For more information on any of the courses offered at BEECHE, contact environmental.education@bromley.gov.uk or 01689 860571

Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE)