Herschel Park School Resources

Herschel Park is a great learning environment, offering a rich history and fascinating wildlife for young people to explore. Herschel Park can be used as a source of learning across the curriculum. Learning activities within the resources support subjects including History, English, Geography, ICT and Science.
Both resources have been trialled and developed with local schools to ensure that they meet teachers and students needs.

‘Herschel Park Restored. Key Stage 2 Educational Resource’ contains an introduction to the park and its history, activities and ideas for learning in the park, and supporting resources – including session plans and curriculum links. Suggested areas of exploration include local history studies, urban development and environmental change, and encourage the development of skills and confidence in areas such as investigation, creative writing, drawing and photography.

Download Herschel Park Restored. Key Stage 2 Educational Resource

Download Risk Assessment template

The Herschel Park Audio Resource for Key Stage 2 & 3 students, explores the history of the park through recordings of historical characters linked to the park and to Slough. Written and recorded by Key Stage 3 students at The Langley Academy, you can find out more about the man who built the park, why Queen Victoria visited, and what connections Charles Dickens had with the park and Slough. Local students have created a game, the Herschel Park Mansion of Happiness, to support the audio resource. Character profiles are also available to help you create your own recordings!

Download The character map

Download Herschel Park Mansion of Happiness Game. For use with the audio resource

Download Herschel Park Characters – Make your own audio

Charles Dickens

Dirty Dick

George Bentley

Henrietta Ward

James Bedborough

Joseph Paxton and Benjamin Baud

Lucy Bentley 1

Lucy Bentley 2

Queen Victoria

Reg Harrison

Richard Bentley aged 6

Richard Bentley Inventions

Richard Bentley the eccentric

Richard Bentley Transport

The Maid

William Herschel

The Bentley Education Centre

The Bentley Education Centre is now available for schools bookings. The centre contains interpretation panels exploring the history of the park (copies can be found in the Key Stage 2 Educational Resource), objects relating to the park, tables and chairs for activities, and toilet facilities. It also provides a great wet-weather base for activities in case of rain! Please see the attached Bentley Education Centre booking form.

Nature activities are also available for schools at the park and include mini beast hunts, conservation and gardening workshops, pond dipping and bird box making. For further details on the nature activities available and how to book, please contact Park Manager Tony Down. Tony.down@slough.gov.uk 01753 875209.