School Field Trips

The Education Department at the Bermuda National Trust aims to deliver learning experiences that promote a lifelong interest in Bermuda’s cultural and natural history. We offer the following, all linked to school curricula:

Class Field Trips: We offer experiential field trips to our historic sites and nature reserves. Students encounter and explore original items in an authentic setting.  All field trips include an element of environmental advocacy and explain the value of open space and the need for its protection.

Three-Part Learning Class Experiences: On top of the field trip, we can add an introductory lesson, usually with Power-point presentation, and a follow-up activity for students in the classroom.

To book a Field Trip or Three-Part-Learning Experience please complete the School Field Trip Booking Form. You may also contact our Education Team at education@bnt.bm to discuss your visit. We can tailor interpretive activities to meet your requirements.

Teachers may view below topics covered by school year. For additional details about our field trip sites, see Place Information for Teachers.

Primary 1

Exploring Historic Homes

Students will visit Verdmont or Tucker House to compare and contrast life in the past to 21st century living, by evaluating historic objects, and making deductions about their purpose.  They will think about how their own homes differ from homes of the past in style and function. They will identify changes through time by investigating bathing routines of the past.
Module B, SS01-HIS02, SS.P1.H1

Living Things in their Environment

Spittal Pond, Paget Marsh and Somerset Long Bay’s habitats are a focus for students as they explore individual areas that support plant and animal life.  Students will tour different habitats in the reserves and draw pictures of the animals and plants they see. They will identify and categorise items in their immediate surroundings, deciding if they are natural or man-made. P1Bp1; P1Bp3; P1D2

Using Our Senses

Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is full of different smells and sounds in the upland hillside, ponds and rocky coast areas.  Students will learn how to identify birds by their song and plants by their smell.  P1 1Bh4

Animal Life Cycles

During a field trip to Spittal Pond, students will observe molluscs on the rocky shoreline and insects buzzing in the air.  Lifecycles will be investigated and discussed. P1 1Bh5

Primary 2

The Way We Used to Live

Students will visit Verdmont or Tucker House and compare and contrast life and technology in the 18th and 19th centuries to life and technology today.  They will evaluate historic objects, making deductions about their function and design. They will examine the portraits and think about the challenges of wearing and caring for 18th century clothing. They will sketch architectural features and compare them to their own homes.  The field trip will end by playing old-style games such as skittles, marbles and checkers.
Module C, SS02-ECO02, 2.SSE3

Local Environments and Adaptations

Students will learn how to distinguish between local environments, and how to categorise plants, trees and animals while exploring Spittal Pond or Somerset Long Bay Nature Reserve.  Nature walks will also focus on how plant and animals are adapted to their environment.  P2 2Be1

Become an Environmental Advocate

A field trip at Spittal Pond or Somerset Long Bay will help students answer the following questions: What can spoil a pristine environment? What do we need to do in order to protect our beautiful island and ocean? During the field trip students will identify and categorise items in their immediate surroundings, deciding whether they are natural or man-made. P2D4 SSG4

Rocks and Minerals

Students will learn about the origin of Bermuda limestone, its history and its use to people.  Spittal Pond: The Checkerboard formation is the perfect site to explore and learn about old and newer limestone deposits.

Vesey Nature Reserve: The stone quarry at Vesey Nature Reserve tells the story of stone quarrying in Bermuda.  Students will get hands-on experience with cutting Bermuda stone.  P2 2Cp1

Living Things in their Environment: Gather and Present Evidence

Visit one of the local nature reserves and understand ways to care for open spaces and the environment.  Measure water and air temperature using a thermometer and salinity using a refractometer.  P2 2Be2

Understanding the Weather

During a field trip at Spittal Pond, students will study the current weather, learn about sun exposure, tides, and the effects of rain, storms and temperature.  They will observe the effects of the tides on the ocean and the pond.  P2 2Be3

Primary 3

Protecting Open Spaces

Somerset Long Bay or Spittal Pond is the location for this field trip, which helps students describe how the physical environment influences human activity and how we can work to lighten our environment impact. Natural and man-made environments will be compared.
Module D, SS03-GEO01, 3.SS.G1a

Maps, Land and People

Visit Vesey Nature Reserve or Spittal Pond.  Create and interpret simple maps of the nature reserve and describe how physical environments influence human activity (i.e. the stone quarry at Vesey Nature Reserve).  Students will identify, name and locate places within the space of the nature reserves and surroundings.
Module D, SS03-GEO02, 3.SS.G1b
Module D, SS03-GEO03m 3.SS.G1c

Where did Bermuda come from?

A field trip to Spittal Pond will focus on Bermuda’s geology and origin at the checkerboard formation.  Ocean, pond, salt marshes and coastal hillside will be investigated and discussed.  SS P3 G1

Classifying Living Things

Plants and animals have different needs to grow and thrive.  Students will epxlore the upland and coastal hillside and the rocky coast to see the plants and animals in these environments.  Students will learn how to sort living things into groups, using simple features and describing rationale for groupings.  P3 3Bh1 3Bh6

Primary 4

From Shipwreck Survivor to Settler Society

This three-part Learning Journey can be delivered remotely or in-person.  Session 2 is a field trip to St. George’s where the students will meet Sir Thomas Gates and visit sites of historical significance in the story of the shipwrecked survivors.
Module A, SS04-CIV01, 4.SS.C2b

Bermuda’s Early Years

This lesson can be delivered remotely or in person.  Students understand that Bermuda was a company until 1684.  They will be introduced to the first three governors of the Somers Isles Company and consider the challenges they faced.  They will learn about reasons for migration to Bermuda and where the first settlers to the island came from.  They will examine the sorts of jobs people did and what daily life was like.
Module B, SS04-HIS01, SS.P4.H4a

Follow the Money: Agriculture

This three-part Learning Journey can be delivered remotely or in-person.  Students will understand how the barter system works.  They will understand the different ways people gain and use money, including the Adventurers – investors in the Somers Isles Company.  They will follow the money and learn about the importance of tobacco to Bermuda’s early economy, and about plants such as onions, cotton, bananas, potatoes and their effects on Bermuda’s social and economic development.
Module C, SS04-ECO01, 4.SS.E1a, 4.SS.E1b and 4.SS.E1d

Maps, Land and People

Visit Vesey Nature Reserve or Spittal Pond.  Create and interpret simple maps of the nature reserve and describe how physical environments influence human activity (i.e. the stone quarry at Vesey Nature Reserve).  Students will explore how the outdoors can be a source of entertainment and compare this to the other activities they do, recognising the benefits of each.
Module D, SS04-GEO03, 4.SSG1c

Bermuda’s Birdlife

Students will visit Somerset Long Bay or Spittal Pond and investigate the birds of Bermuda and learn about their habitat adaptions.
P3 3Bh1; 3Bh6

Threats to the Environment

On this field trip to Vesey Nature Reserve or Spittal Pond, students will identify various threats to open space, learn about habitat loss, biodiversity loss, pollutants, global warming, and shoreline erosion.  They will also learn about recycling, reusing and reducing waste.
P4 4Be3

Primary 5

Governing Early Bermuda

Students will undertake a field trip to St George’s where they will learn about the structure of Bermuda’s early parliament and the roles and responsibilities of the island’s leaders.  They will visit St. Peter’s Church and State House as the sites of Bermuda’s first Assemblies, learn what and how Assizes worked, be introduced to some early forms of criminal punishment, and discuss some of the laws designed to oppress non-white islanders.
Module C, SS05-ECO01, 5.SS.E1a, 5SS.E1b and 5.SS.G2a

From Slavery to Emancipation

This is a three-part Learning Journey that can be delivered remotely or in person.  During Session 1, students will learn about the development of slavery in Bermuda.  Session 2 is a field trip to Verdmont, where students will meet Rachael, an enslaved woman owned by the Smith family.  Students are guided through a comparison of the lives of the past owners and owned, who lived there and understand why Verdmont is a part of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail.  Session 3 asks the students to reflect on their experience through the use of primary sources of evidence.
Module B, SS05-CIV03, SS.P5.C1
Module B, SS05-CIV04, SS.P5.C2d

Follow the Money: Maritime

This is a three-part Learning Journey that can be delivered remotely or in person.  During Session 1, students examine the development of Bermuda’s maritime economy and the significant role of the island’s enslaved population in generating wealth.  During Session 2 students will undertake a field trip to St. George’s to explore historically significant sites, including stores and the docks.  A visit to the Globe Hotel, centre of the Confederate supply chain, will introduce the students to blockade running and the wealth gained from this dangerous occupation.
Module C, SS05-ECO01, 5.SS.E1a, 5SS.E1b and 5.SS.G2a
Module C, SS05-ECO02, 5.SS.E3a

Bermuda’s Global Connections: The Gunpowder Plot

During a visit to Tucker House in St. George’s, students will learn about the significant role Bermuda played in the American War of Independence.  Through portraiture, they will be introduced to the Tucker family, and listen to readings from the Tucker family letters, which bring to life Bermuda’s dire situation at the time.  They will discover how the Gunpowder Plot was carried out, and the short and long-term consequences it had to the island and the global world.
Model A, SS04-GEO01, 5.SS.G2a

Remembering Our Past

The account of the brig Enterprise is brought to life during a field trip to St. George’s, where students also visit sites on the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, including the Free Black and Slave Cemetery at St. Peter’s Church, Mitchell House, Pilot Darrell’s House, Tucker House kitchen, and the Bermudian Heritage Museum.
Module B, SS05-CIV02, SS.P5.C2c, SS.P5.C2a and SS.P5.C2e

Following Emancipation: Friendly Societies

A field trip to St. George’s includes a talk about emancipation and the period following 1834.  The legacy of the Somers Pride of India Lodge founder, Joseph Henry Thomas, will be introduced.  Students will learn the vital role played by Friendly Societies in bringing education to newly emancipated children.
Module B, SS05-CIV03, SS.P5.C1
Module B, SS05-CIV04, SS.P5.C2d

Victorian Times at Verdmont

A field trip to Verdmont with a tour of the garden will have students learning about Bermuda during the Victorian era.  They will be given an overview of the economic situation in the 1800s and think about some of the policies put in place by Governor Reid to improve the economy and wealth of the island and its inhabitants.  Emphasis will be given to the story of Portuguese immigrants brought to the island to assist with sustainable living and agriculture.
Module C, SS05-ECO01, 5.SS.E1a, 5SS.E1b and 5.SS.G2a

Bermuda’s Plants: Seeds and Reproduction

We can learn a lot from experiencing a walk along the trails at Spittal Pond.  Students will look for seeds dropped from shrubs and trees in the forest, and learn how the wind, birds and water help plant dispersal.  They will focus on the reproduction of flowering plants, pollen, insect pollination and germination.  Photosynthesis of mosses, ferns and flowering plants will also be discussed.
P5 5Eo1; 5Bp1, 5Bp2, 5Bp3, 5Bp4, 5Bp5

Endemics and Invasives

Take a field trip to Spittal Pond or Paget Marsh to learn about the difference between endemic, native, introduced and invasive plants.  The pros and cons of plant importation, and the effect of the introduction of plant pests and diseases, will be discussed.
P5 5Eo1

Primary 6

The Road to Democracy

Learn how each action increased Bermuda’s democratic governance for all:
Voting rights for women; Desegregation; Universal adult suffrage; negotiating and drafting of a constitution
Module B, SS06-CIV03, SS.P6.C1d

Bermuda’s Significant Individuals

Step into the role of major Bermuda personalities through partner skits and discussions, and learn about the importance of the actions, then and now:

Dr. E.F. Gordon; Wesley L. Tucker; Sir E.T. Richards; Gina Swainson; Roosevelt Brown; Sir John Swan; Dame Lois Browne-Evans; Sir Henry Tucker; Eugene Cox; Frederick L. Wade; Ottiwell Simmons
Module B, SS06-CIV03, SS.P6.C1d

Environmental Development since 1920: Option A 

A field trip with a talk on environmental issues and key solutions relating to the following topics:

Mowbray & Wingate – the story of the Cahow, sewage & water pollution, marine plastic debris and its effect, fish pot ban, land zoning, open space conservation efforts
Module D, SS06-GEO01, 6.SS.G4a

Environmental Development since 1920 Option B

A field trip with a talk on environmental issues and key solutions relating to the following topics: sustainable development, over-fishing, Blue Halo, reusable energy sources for the island.
Module D, SS06-GEO01, 6.SS.G4a

Environmental Development since 1920 Option C 

Maps of Spittal Pond underline the use of Bermuda’s natural resources in a variety of ways including recreation, work, agriculture and conservation.
Module D, SS06-GEO01, 6.SS.G4a

Ethnobotany

We can’t live without plants.  Learn about plants such as onions, cotton, potatoes and tobacco and their effect on Bermuda’s social and economic development.  Botany, medical uses, history, art, nutrition and commercial applications will be highlighted.

Food chains and webs

Students will learn about food chains and webs on the rocky intertidal coastline and pond habitat at Spittal Pond.  They will engage in a game to visualise a food web and understand how a disturbance of any point on the web affects the whole web. 6Be3, 6Be4, 6Be5, 6Be6

Humans and the Environment

Identify various threats to open spaces, learn about habitat loss, endangered animals, biodiversity loss, pollutants, global warming, shoreline erosion and terrestrial and marine conservation.
6Be1

Saving Open Spaces

Explore a number of ways that you can demonstrate care for the environment.  Learn about sustainable energy sources, recycling, reusing and reducing waste. 6Be2

Middle 1

Working with Maps

Students will learn how to recognise different types of maps and identify the characteristics common to all good maps.  They will produce their own map.  Examples of early and modern maps of Bermuda will be introduced and studied. MDL1B1

Bermuda’s Geological Origins

Students will learn about the geological history of Bermuda with hands-on investigation of limestone at the checkerboard formation.  Alternatively, a field trip to Tom Moore’s Jungle will include a talk on the geology and biology of Bermuda’s caves. MDL1A.3

Classifying Animals and Plants

During this field trip students will be exploring the trails and focusing on classifying plants and animals into major groups.  They will acquire knowledge about Bermuda’s birds, insects and plants.  M1 7Bv3

Habitats and Adaptations

Students will learn how organisms are adapted to their habitat.  Local animals and plants will be used as examples.  M17Be1

Middle 2

Verdmont’s Hidden Past

This field trip is designed to lay bare the daily lives of the enslaved men, women and children from Verdmont’s past. By using documentary evidence, students will make inferences, and compare and contrast the lives of all those who lived there. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some domestic activities undertaken by the enslaved people of Verdmont and learn about several 18th century resistance plots and the aftermath of them.

Module Code: SS08: HIS03 Standards: 08:SS:H5; 08:SS:H6

 

Working With Documents

This virtual interactive session will have students working with 3 key pieces of primary evidence: quotes from the works of both Mary Prince and Olaudah Equiano, and a newspaper article from The Bermuda Gazette dated to 1791. By developing skills of historical inquiry through document handling, students will be able to explain and make judgments about the instrumental impact Prince and Equiano had on the Abolition Movement.

Module Code: SS08: HIS04    Standards: 08:SS:H8; 08:SS:H9

Middle 3

Identifying Plants and Animals

Students will learn how to develop keys to identify plants and animals using field guidebooks and BNT resource guides.  M3 9Bv1

Ecosystems

Students will learn about the different ecosystems at Spittal Pond.  They will model food chains, food webs and energy flow using the rocky intertidal community and pond community as examples.  M3 9Bv1

Human Footprints

A field trip to Spittal Pond or Vesey Nature Reserve will focus on investigating the effects of human influences on the environment.  Open space and developed landscapes will be compared and discussed.  Marine pollution due to oil spills and plastic debris will be investigated on the shoreline.  Students will be engaged in a discussion about possible solutions to the problems. M3 9Be6

STEM Education with LEGO

With powerful animations from Lego characters, students will be guided to investigate forces and energy through the WeDo robots, while simultaneously developing coding/logical thinking and building skills.  The WeDo software leads students from concept through to model completion, with a note-taking process throughout.

WeDo 2.0 is a fantastic new learning tool that introduces students to robotics, engineering and programming. It will nurture creativity and problem solving.  Our lessons will be linked to natural and cultural history of Bermuda and      science topics such as plants and pollinators, habitats, animal senses, ocean pollution and transportation.

 Number of students per class: up to 14 students
Ages: 7-11 years
Location: Education Classroom at Waterville or at your school