Early Years and Key Stage 1

Visiting a cave can be a daunting experience for adults and children. A trip to Kents Cavern for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children is often the first time that they will experience being underground. We find that our friendly education team and their exciting style of teaching is a great way for children of all ages to overcome fears of the dark and of being underground. 

All of our learning experiences feature themes regarding the history of Kents Cavern, the people and animals that lived here and archaeologists that have worked here throughout time. Our educational team are experts at delivering these themes to a range of different age groups and covering key aspects of the National Curriculum throughout your visit.

Our educational visit runs from 10:30-13:45, it includes a guided tour of the cave, a break for lunch and two half an hour activities based around your topic. We have free coach or minibus parking and each class has a designated area on site to leave bags, coats and lunches. Each class also has their own dedicated member of our excellent education team, taking charge of the day from the moment you step foot off the coach right up to the end of your visit.

Please note, due to the size of the site at Kents Cavern, we are unable to host more than two classes in one day.

EYFS and KS1 themes

Stone Age people

  • Learn about the suitability of different materials for certain Stone Age jobs and discuss if they would still be the favoured materials today.

Stone Age Animals

  • Learn about the animals that lived in and around Kents Cavern during the Stone Age, discussing which are alive and extinct.
  • Learn about which were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, the habitats that suited each animal and the food chains associated with them.
  • Explore and compare differences with modern animals.
Typical Itinerary
10:30 Arrive
10:45 Cave Tour
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Prehistoric Animal Hunt
13:00 Gemstone Digging
13:30 Prepare to leave for 13:45

These times are suggestions only, our itineraries can be changed to suit your needs.

Educational experiences based on books

We are also able to offer educational experiences based on books.

Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson

Explore the caves at Kents Cavern to discover what life might have been like for Cave Baby and his family. Is there evidence that Cave Baby lived in Kents Cavern? Look out for the big brown bear!

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Bring your wellies and get ready for an adventure through the woods and through the cave on the hunt for a bear!

To book an educational visit or for more information, get in touch with us today via email [email protected] or by telephone 01803 215136.

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