Schools

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There are many falconry groups who visit schools... but none with our creative educational programme! We are regularly told that the children rated our visit the best school day - ever! And teachers rather enjoy us too.

We imaginatively use falconry as a vehicle to reveal the important role played by birds and people during British history. Far more than simply focusing on the natural science of birds we also delve into society, culture, religion, traditions, monarchy, language and all the other factors that made up daily life for people of the past. For later time periods we incorporate science which allows us to explore the popular topics of evolution and extinction. It may surprise teachers to discover that falconry bears relevance to some of the most important human figures and landmark dates in history.

We are highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals who offer a quality learning adventure for children of all ages. Having worked with children as young as Year 2 right up to secondary school age we know how to get the pitch just right for our audience, no children fall asleep or get fidgety on our watch! Most importantly we are fully insured to conduct educational visits although the presence of a teacher is required at all times.

Children do not benefit from being lectured so our approach is lively, sensual and fast paced. We use music and sound effects, lots of props and word cards, we stage role plays and little cameos using the children as volunteers, we pass around feathers for examination and discussion, sometimes we even dress a child or two up. With live birds safely tethered to perches and wearing beautiful, colourful costumes we literally bring the story to life. Every single school visit we have conducted has been different to the last because we design our visit around you and your area of study. We can celebrate the Tudors and Henry VIII, demonstrate medieval life, reveal the bravery of animals in the Second World War, discuss Darwin and the origin of raptors or spin fantastical old tales to inspire creative writing. Give us the outline and we will give you our proposed ideas in return.

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We offer schools a variety of repeated workshops which, depending upon the amount of children you wish to include, can last from 30 mins to 2 hours. Logically the more children you wish to us accommodate the shorter the duration of each workshop. The inclusion of an outdoor flying display is an optional extra dependent on time, facilities and budget.

Indoor workshops require exclusive use of the school hall (classrooms are unsuitable). Here we erect a small historic scene of live birds on perches surrounded by period furniture and props, it is from this backdrop that we deliver our workshop to children seated on the floor. We remain in situ while different classes or year groups visit at a scheduled time. If you choose to complete the visit with a flying display we require a large grassy playing field. We regret we are unable to fly over a hard surface playground or within a safety cage. For safety while flying we erect a simple rope barrier which the children must stay behind and we bring a portable PA system so everyone can hear comfortably.

Should you simply be looking for a public falconry display to entertain the entire school for whatever reason, in other words you do not require the indoor educational workshops, please make this clear at time of enquiry so we give you the correct quote.

Falconry Workshop Themes

Archaeo Drawing of an Owl
Roman
Ancient Folklore, Myths & Legends of Birds
Anglo Saxon/Norman
Warriors, Warlords & Birds of Battle
Medieval
The Knight, the Lady and the Noble Falcon
Tudor
The Sport of King Henry VIII
Victorian
Experiments, Evolution & Extinction
Edwardian
Birds of the British Empire
1940s
Birds & Animals of World War II
21st Century
Senses, Flight, Feather & Nocturnal v Diurnal Study

Rates & Booking

We know that schools have to work to tight budgets so we offer a simple basic rate with optional add-ons plus travel and expenses. This allows you to customise the visit and control its cost. Please note however the cost of an educational visit is very different to the cost of an event day. School bookings are available all year round.

Enquiries are best made by email in the first instance. Please give a brief description of your interest, your location and the number/ages of children you wish to include. We will return our ideas with a suggested programme and quote.

Bring history alive in your school - drop us a line and give your children a day to remember!

Artwork, design and text are copyright of Emma Raphael 2017