Autumn Programme: Terms 1 & 2

2nd September to 19th December 2014

In the autumn our programme focuses on exploring the Garden as the seasons and plants change, learning about the diversity of plant life, celebrating Biology Week 2014, and preparing for Christmas in a green and sustainable way.

 

Autumnal Art - Foundation & Key Stage 1

Nature’s colour palette is spectacular in autumn!  Come along to find out how busy our plants are, producing seeds, making colourful leaves and getting ready for winter.  Take a tour around the Botanic Garden and look for signs of autumn.  Be inspired to create a colourful autumn print to take back to school.  Have a go at our scavenger trail to collect seeds, pods, cones and leaves, which you can take away to create an autumn display back in the classroom.

Session length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download a map of the Garden here
 
Available from 2nd September until 24th October

 

Curriculum links Early Years Foundation Stage:

Personal, social and emotional development - self-confidence
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design - exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative

 

Curriculum links Key Stage 1:

Art: Exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art
Science Year 1: Plants - basic structure of plants
Science Year 1: Seasonal changes - changes across the seasons
 

 

Plant Lifecycles - Key Stage 2

Follow the lifecycle of a plant from seed germination through growth and photosynthesis, to flowering, pollination and seed production.  What do plants need to grow, and just how do they do it?  Why do plants need to be pollinated?  Why do seeds need to be dispersed?  These questions and many more will be answered during your exploration of the Botanic Garden, as you follow the journey from seed to plant to seed again.

Session length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Available from 2nd September until 24th October

 

Curriculum links Key Stage 2:

Science Year 3: Plants - functions of different parts of flowering plants, requirements of plants for life and growth, life cycle of flowering plants
Science Year 5: All living things - process of reproduction in plants

 

 

 

5 Senses - Foundation & Key Stage 1

Enjoy a sensory exploration of the Botanic Garden.  Spend time in our Glasshouses, and experience the Rainforest and Desert.  Use your senses to help you explore our Garden outside.  See, feel, smell and taste different plants then listen for natural and manmade sounds outside.  Have a think about which parts of your body are linked to your senses, and create a sensory “map”.

Session length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Available all term.  This session includes tasting, so please let us know if any of your students have allergies.

 

Curriculum links Early Years Foundation Stage:

Communication and language - listening and attention, understanding, speaking
Personal, social and emotional development - self-confidence
Understanding the world
 

Curriculum links Key Stage 1:

Science Year 1: Plants - name common plants, basic structure plants
Science Year 2: Plants - plants need water and light to grow and stay healthy

 

 

Biology Week:  A Plant’s Life - Key Stage 2

Come to the Botanic Garden to celebrate Biology Week 2014, and find out about A Plant’s Life.  Our world has an amazing variety of plants, which are all carefully adapted to their habitats.  Discover what plants need to survive, and find out how they do this even in the harshest of environments.  Explore our Glasshouses and outside spaces to find out more about the plants we grow here.

Session length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Available from 13th until 17th October

 

Curriculum links Key Stage 2:

Science Year 3: Plants - functions of different parts of flowering plants, explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant
Science Year 4: All living things - environments can change and this can pose dangers to living things
Science Year 6: Evolution - plants are adapted to suit their environment

 

 

Green Christmas - Key Stages 1 & 2

Explore the Garden to find plants that are traditionally used at Christmas, including native plants to Britain and exotic spices from the tropics.  Look out for leaves, seeds and pine cones, which you will turn into beautiful natural decorations.  Make some to hang on our Botanic Garden Christmas tree, and some to take back to school.  Discuss other ways to be green at Christmas including reducing waste, helping wildlife and having a “green” tree at school.

Session length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Available from 10th November until 19th December

 

Curriculum links Key Stage 1:

Science Year 1: Plants - name common plants, basic structure of plants
Science Year 2: Plants - plants in their habitats

Art: exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art

Curriculum links Key Stage 2:

Science Year 4: All living things - environments can change and this can pose dangers to living things
Art: exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art

 

Our Sessions

  • Each session lasts between 1 hour 15 mins and 1 hour 45 mins, has a maximum capacity of 35 children. 
  • Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • The suggested donation for each session is £65.  Please bring your cheque with you on the day of your visit, made payable to: "The University of Oxford Botanic Garden".  By supporting the Botanic Garden with this donation you are helping us meet some of the costs that go towards running our educational activities and ensuring that we can continue to develop new and exciting sessions for schools.
  • The sessions offered in our programme are specially designed for your pupils, and link with National Curriculum topics.  If you wish to have time after your session to stay for a picnic lunch or explore the Garden or Glasshouses, please request this when you book.  Sessions do not include a general tour of the Garden.
  • Teachers are welcome to book a pre-session visit to the Garden free of charge.

 

 

Waste-Free Lunch Challenge 

This is available throughout the year when booking an education visit.  The Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is offered to all groups wanting to stay for a picnic lunch.  The aim of the activity is to have lunch whilst creating as little rubbish as possible.  Children are encouraged to recycle, compost and reuse as many items in their packed lunches as possible.

Suitable for: All Key Stages
Session length: Add an extra 45 minutes to your visit
Download more information here

 

 

How to book…    

Places are limited for all of our school programmes and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  

Find out more about visiting the Garden with a school group.

Read our notes to help you prepare your risk assessment.

If you would like to make a booking, or if you require further information, please contact:

Kate Castleden and Emma Williams, Education Officers

education@obg.ox.ac.uk 

T  01865 286690

 
 

Primary Teacher CPD training

We offer a range of primary teacher CPD opportunities.  Please see here for more details.

 

A downloadable and printer-friendly version of the programme is available here.