Intergenerational Experience

Children spend valuable time with members of a local residential home, sheltered housing scheme or day centre, to bring classroom learning to life, as members reminisce about days gone by, giving children the opportunity to compare and contrast the past to the present day. The experience can be designed to complement your school’s current topic or to fit a seasonal theme.


To bring current classroom topics to life.

To foster understanding and build relationships between generations to share experience and knowledge.

To develop a deeper understanding of the past.

To encourage empathy, confidence and raise aspirations of the children, and to gain an understanding of how they are intelligent.

To understand the breadth of their local community.

Topics/themes include:

How we used to live, reminiscing childhood memories, holidays, careers, the war and family time.

The Royal Family including coronations, weddings, royal babies, jubilees and royal celebrations.

Technology and communication, including the internet, phones and computers.

Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day

Exercise and keeping fit (chair aerobics for the elderly).

World Book Day, Share a Story

The RSPB Experience

Live Life on the Edge!

Welcome to a world living life on the edge. Explore the habitats and creatures that make their home here on the cliff tops at Bempton and discover why living on the edge can be fun but challenging!

Choose your sessions:

KS1 Sense-ational Zoologists! Choose 3 of the following options for a half day, or 5 options for a full day.

1 Sounds and Songs In our wildlife garden we explore the songs and calls of our garden birds. Can you tell robins from blue tits? Why do birds use calls and songs?

2 Clifftop Bonanza Take a walk to the secure clifftop and peek into the amazing lives of our visiting seabirds. Do the Seabird Scavenger Challenge and learn about lifecycles with Goldie the Gannet!

3 Rainbow Trail Nature is full of colour and so are the animals that live around us. Explore colour with our rainbow shards and follow the Rainbow Ribbon Trail to see how many colours you can find!

4 Watery World Explore life in our pond and discover how a tiny tadpole turns into a bouncy land-loving frog!

5 Minibeast Magic Take part in a Zoologist investigation and use your senses on the hunt for life in miniature. How many different bugs and beasties can you find?

6 Potent Potions The world around us is very smelly indeed! We will use plants to make some potent potions learning why the plants are smelly in the first place.

KS2 Geologists Rock! Choose 2 of the following options for a half day, or 3 options for a full day.

1 On the Edge Trail In teams we take the ‘On The Edge Trail Challenge’ walking along the cliff top to find the features of erosion, weathering and the ‘elephant’ sea arch.

2 Sweet Science! Take part in a geological experiment as you create your own hypothesis to test whether chalk, flint or boulder clay will erode the fastest with wave action. Using sweets as rocks, we test our hypothesis!

3 Coccolithophores Rock Take a step back in time to the Cretaceous Period to discover what chalk is made from. Make your own coccolithophore using clay to take home.

4 Find a Fossil Explore sedimentary rocks, find out what a fossil is and get hands on with prehistoric life.

KS2 Ornithologists on the Edge! Choose 2 of the following options for a half day, or 4 options for a full day.

1 Seabird Scavenger Complete the Seabird Scavenger Challenge and peak over the edge using binoculars to hone your ornithological observation skills to hunt and identify seabirds.

2 Getting in a Flap Learn about puffins and their amazing adaptions to life at sea.

3 I Love Gulls! Learn how to become Gull Ambassadors to care for the herring gulls and kittiwakes.

4 LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs!) Explore our Wildlife Garden and hone your ornithological skills as you explore the songs and calls of garden birds. How many can you identify?

5 Build a Gannets Nest With Goldie and Gordon (our giant cuddly gannets) take on a team challenge to build your own gannets nest. Explore the hazards that gannets face and have a lot of run around fun!

What you need to know

The cliff tops are robustly fenced with fantastic cliff top viewing platforms – they are very safe.

Please dress ready for all and any weathers! It can be very muddy if it has rained recently.

A half-day session is 2 hours and a full day is normally 4.5 hours (we can be flexible).

Your session will be led by fully trained RSPB staff and volunteers but we encourage you to join in!

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time to allow trips to toilets.

Please have the class ready to split into small groups with accompanying adults. The groups will rotate around different activity stations    with their accompanying adults.

We have fully accessible paths and toilets so people of all abilities can enjoy the cliff top habitats.

There is a café on site selling hot drinks and sandwiches for adults. Please bring lunch for your pupils.

We aim to be outside as much as the weather allows because that’s where we have the most fun and do the most learning! 


A Day with the Fire Service

Built on the three core pillars of Public Safety children will develop awareness towards:

Fire Safety

Water Safety

Road Safety

Appropriate safety messages on each of these subjects will be presented to the children through the different workshop activities.

The experience day provides opportunity for;

Active engagement with children in the community

Education in Fire, Water and Road Safety

Holistic Safety Messages

Acquisition of transferable skills including communication, teamwork and problem solving

Increased awareness and respect towards the role of the Fire Service in the community

Experience of an operational Fire Station and real life work scenarios

Enjoyment through a safe and secure working environment

Workshop 1

Inside the Fire Service

Workshop 2

Firefighting Activities

Workshop 3

Public Safety (Fire, Water, Road)

Workshop 4

Team building (Drill Yard)

Celebration Parade (Drill Yard)


Me, Myself and I

 Hull Children’s University are working in partnership with Inspire Ignite to offer this amazing learning experience for children.

Emotional intelligence is key to being healthy and happy. Learners will gain a greater understanding of how their emotions and attitudes affect their life and relationships through greater understanding of their emotions and reactions to these.

By boosting comprehension and problem solving, Learners are able to increase their clarity and focus and engage in real choices for their future.

Learners can learn to neutralise the impact of negative emotions such as test anxiety or turmoil surrounding relationships, and then build effective replacement attitudes. For many this results in improved self-confidence and higher self-esteem, and as a result improved relationships.

Throughout the sessions learners will learn different techniques of self-awareness that will support them in times of stress.

Activity 1: Understand My World
Some students find it hard to fit in with peer groups and the conventional education system. This is most often caused by an underlying lack of confidence.

This lack of confidence, simply comes from not seeing their own value, not appreciating their natural strengths and talents.
Feeling inferior, they often then focus on what feels like survival, protection, and avoidance of emotional pain.

Activity 2: Help Me Build Confidence

It’s not until they feel safe that the students will be able to give the attention to learning, interacting and benefiting from the school environment.

So the first task is always, to build up their self-confidence, to help them see what their natural strengths and talents are.

The most effective way to do this, is through fun and interactive exercises, where they can experience themselves succeeding.

Activity 3: Help Me To Learn And Grow

Once they have developed confidence, students feel safe and more willing to learn, grow and take on new ideas and information.

It is only then, that they can see the opportunity that school provides – a way to develop their strengths so that they can build a life which will bring them happiness and fulfilment.

Knowing how to create value, and to be valued, is the gift.

This experience is suitable for children aged  7 upwards.

Environmental Debate

The Aim

  • To engage children in PLAN-IT-ECO conferences, promoting environmental understanding and awareness
  • To teach children about the environment and the planet and the effect we are having across the globe
  • To help children to understand that the choices they make and their actions effect the environment
  • To give children the skills, knowledge and motivation to recycle

Pre Visit

In the weeks leading up to the conference, children in each school take part in research, group discussions and   homework looking at environmental issues and the effect on the planet to prepare them for the conference.

The Visit

A full day conference with 72 children and staff and volunteers. In the morning, children explore issues such as sustainability, conservation, local and global environmental issues and the demand for and use of natural resources. They learn to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In the afternoon, they split into groups and each group play a different role in debating a real life environmental challenge. Groups represent: the government, environmentalists, banks, land and home owners and scientists so that they develop a greater understanding of the dynamics involved in protecting the planet. The afternoon workshop gives the young people a voice and develops their confidence in debating issues and forming and defending an opinion.

Age UK

The Aim

  • To develop empathy and understanding between our younger and older generations creating trust, mutual understanding and respect
  • To help children develop the ability to relate to and communicate with elderly people
  • To develop an understanding of history through the eyes of elderly people
  • To reduce the fear, stigma and misconception that exists between different generations portrayed by the media
  • To have the opportunity to establish positive relationships with older people to sustain friendships and communications over a longer period (under the supervision of the school)

The Visit

  • A tour of Age UK to understand why the service is needed, the role it plays in society and for Hull’s older generation.
  • Conversations, questions and answers in small mixed groups of children and elderly people facilitated by a mentor with observation and support. [list-item] [list-item]During group discussions, sharing stories and examples of life for each of the two generations including what it was/is like growing up and fears, hopes and dreams.
  • A dance session together before refreshments and chatting.


The Aim

  • To teach children empathy, compassion and trust
  • To relate caring for an animal to caring for each other
  • To explore what caring looks like
  • To help children understand that pets are a big and long term commitment
  • To understand what being a responsible pet owner involves along with basic knowledge of animal welfare for a range of different animals
  • To enable children to pass on their knowledge and understanding to friends and family in order to improve animal welfare across the city
  • To build emotional intelligence

The Visit

  • A presentation and discussion about animal welfare given by an RSPCA Education Officer.
  • A workshop with group exercises exploring and comparing different animal species and the types of care and consideration they need.
  • A tour of the RSPCA centre, learning about all the different animals resident in the centre, their backgrounds and reasons for being in the centre.
  • A talk about the different jobs in the RSPCA and the skills and qualifications needed

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