Experience science

Investigate, observe, predict, record, measure and draw conclusions – PGL’s science modules form the basis of hands-on scientific study - with information and principles just waiting to be discovered! It’s motivational and exciting, and provides first-hand experience of collection and exploration of data.

The data is then incorporated into study modules, giving your KS3 pupils the perfect opportunity to explore their scientific skills and understand the links between their own experiences and the physical world.

Study modules

Habitats and Adaptations
Students identify a variety of flora and fauna in different habitats and conduct simple experiments.

Rocky Shore (Little Canada & Osmington Bay only)
Students investigate a rocky shore environment to identify and classify the organisms they encounter.

Nature Trail
Concepts such as native and non-native species are discussed, as students explore the different plants and animals in the local area.

World of Invertebrates
The different habitats in the centre grounds are home to a variety of invertebrates, which students identify and classify.

Alternative Energy Technology
Students explore how weather conditions can be used to create power, using three different microclimates on centre.

The Solar System
Inside our amazing mobile planetarium, students learn about seasonal variation, day and night, the solar system and our galaxy.

Everyday Chemistry
By conducting a series of experiments, students learn about common chemical processes and states.

Forensic Investigation
Forensic science techniques such as finger printing, chemical testing and code breaking are employed to decipher clues and examine evidence.

Geology, Rocks and Fossils (Little Canada & Osmington Bay only)
Rocks from different time periods are studied along with concepts of erosion and fossilisation.

Activities

The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Science course for students at KS3
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast
09.00-10.30   Alternative Energy Technology (part 1) Climbing Trapeze Jacob's Ladder
10.30-12.00   Alternative Energy Technology (part 2) Challenge Course Sensory Trail Giant Swing
Lunch
14.00-15.30   Archery Everyday Chemistry (part 1) World of Invertebrates (part 1) Depart centre
15.30-17.00 Arrive for evening meal and unpack Quad Biking Everyday Chemistry (part 2) World of Invertebrates (part 2)  
Dinner
Evening Snap Shot Campfire Cluedo Wacky Races  

Learning outcomes

The units of study in our science course relate to the teaching programmes designed to meet the objectives of your Key Stage 3 students.

Students are encouraged to develop and improve their scientific skills while:

  • Designing, building and testing practical experiments
  • Using the facilities at PGL centres, which helps improve their conceptual understanding (e.g. the Planetarium, different habitats and micro-climates)
  • Deciding what data is relevant
  • Observing, analysing and drawing conclusions
  • Using a range of scientific techniques, methods and resources
  • Comparing and evaluating solutions
  • Explaining and justifying methods and conclusions
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.