Thurston is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However we can still bring some adventure and fun in to your day.
We will be linking and listing some fun activities to do whilst at home. We hope you all stay happy and healthy during this time and see it as an opportunity to try new things and have fun whilst learning.
Our social media feeds will be regularly updated so take a look
Useful Sites for Learning Activities
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom have compiled a list of brilliant activities and resources. https://www.lotc.org.uk/resources/education-resources/
Learning through Landscapes, a leading UK charity dedicated to making lives better through connection with nature. www.ltl.org.uk
Fun ideas to help with learning about Geography. 3dgeography.co.uk
WellBeing and Mental Health
Advice and tips from South Tyneside Council on looking after your wellbeing and mental health during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Primary Age Pack HERE
Secondary Age Pack HERE
The Famous Thurston Flapjack Recipe (Only to be made by and eaten by people who have been to Thurston)
Fun Things to Try
Bird Cakes – attract birds into your garden or back yard with these simple homemade birdcakes. Instructions HERE
Garden Plaques – collect treasure on your walk and turn them into artwork plaques to display in your garden or back yard. Instructions HERE
OS Maps. Learn how to use and read an Ordnance Survey Map.
Compass Confidence. What is a compass? How does it work? Learn about them here and then test your skills with this fun quiz.
Emoji Coordinates. Test your coordinate skills with this fun challenge. Draw a line using the coordinates given. Use a different coloured pen for each line. What Emoji will be revealed?
Wildlife Yoga. We are often lucky to spot some of these animals when out on activities. For now, we can keep fit and active by emulating them with these poses to ease and stretch our bodies. HERE.
Binoculars. Become an expert wildlife spotter with these make at home binoculars. Instructions HERE
Bees Wax Wraps. Make your own beeswax wraps. Help reduce plastic waste and help the planet. A fun, crafty activity for you to try. Instructions HERE.
Wildlife Habitats to make for your garden. Encourage wildlife into your garden with these simple ideas for home made habitats. Please ensure young children are supervised during any building and be safe when using hand or power tools.
Viking Longship. Make your own Viking Longship, instructions HERE
Did you know that Coniston Water was originally known as Thurston Water, a name derived from the old norse name Thursteinn (other spellings have included Thorstein) and the Old English word waeter.
W.J. Collingwood wrote a book called Thorstein of the Mere (first published in 1895). The main character is Thorstein, a young and intrepid Viking, keen to explore the world, who sets off up the River Crake, eventually coming to Coniston and seeing Peel Island. The book was a favourite of Arthur Ransome who of course went on to write Swallows and Amazons.
Though the Thurston logo is now the Old Man and the Lake, our previous logo was a Viking Ship in reference to the link with the Norse and Viking heritage of the area.
CloudWheel Activity. Learn about the different types of clouds and identify them with this printable CloudWheel HERE
Paper Planes. Learn how to make an fly your own Paper Plane. Why not try with family and see whose plane can fly the farthest. Instructions HERE
Leaf Art. On your daily walk why not collect some leaves and make a Leaf Art Rubbing. Learn how to HERE
OS Map Flashcards Download HERE and print these flash cards to test your knowledge of the map symbols .
Art Attack. Your challenge is to find things that you can use to make an interesting pattern or picture. Instructions HERE
Raft Craft. Build a miniature raft. Instructions HERE
Start learning about Map Work with these Quizzes from Ordnance Survey.
Design your own Trig Pillar using this template from Ordnance Survey. Share on Social Media using the #mytrigpillar
Natural World Wordsearch
Brush up on your map skills with the Harvey Map Reading Quiz
Who’s Been Framed – a fun creative activity. Click here to download
A Geology Project you can do at home Restless Earth Worksheet
Become a nature detective. Build a butterfly feeder and then identify the butterflies you attract. Butterfly Feeder Worksheet