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Peephole Trail

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/be able to:

  • The differences between a rural and urban environment
  • Record and discuss different views and types of landscapes
  • A map represents an area on the ground
  • How to prepare for a local walk
  • The need for safe and sensible behaviour
  • A map represents an area of ground

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Make decisions on route choice
  • Relate the map to the ground (setting)
  • Improve observation skills
  • Describe a variety of habitats, land uses and conservation
  • Apply skills in an unfamiliar environment

Key words/phrases

Conservation, Land use, Map, National Park, Navigation, Route choice, Valley, View.

Curriculum links


Organisms, behaviour; the environment; real-life examples


Maps, geographical enquiry - open ended and active

Art and design

Working from first hand observation; make purposeful images and artefacts; draw to express perception and invention


Critical thinking and enquiry; representation; work in groups


Half day activity, approx 2-3 hours (not in darkness).


Grounds of Hagg Farm, using Peephole Trail map.


Session can be led by visiting teaching staff.

Supporting materials

Peephole Trail curriculum pack, trail maps, clipboards, sketch pads, cameras, pencils etc.

Health and safety

The trail is around Hagg Farm on paths and tracks and is appropriate for SEN’s/wheelchair users less mobile students. Appropriate clothing and footwear required. Safety pack (with first aid kit etc.) Risk assessment no. 17 (Field studies). Pupil ratio appropriate to group 1:20 max.

Activity session

  • Indoor discussion including maps and map work, recording media, and what students expect to see.
  • Outdoors: use map to locate peephole posts around Hagg Farm. Visit each post in turn. The posts have holes, ‘peepholes’, in them to direct the viewer to a particular view or feature. There is a variety of close, medium and long distance views.
  • Students are encouraged to spend time discussing views, the direction and content; and what they see and how they feel about the view.
  • Record as appropriate for the group (sketching, poems, photos, discussion etc).
  • Option to return indoors to develop artwork or draw from photos.


(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)

  • Have learning outcomes, above, been met?
  • Presentations and feedback as appropriate.
  • The students are helped to describe what they have observed: a written description of the route taken? A map of their route? An article or poem to describe or share what they have seen? A display in different media from chosen artefacts and materials? Sharing ideas in discussion.