Autumn Programme: Terms 1 & 2

Autumn Programme 2013

9th September  - 20th December 2013

This term our programme focuses on exploring the Garden as the seasons and plants change, learning about the diversity of plant life, celebrating Biology Week 2013, and preparing for Christmas in a green and sustainable way.

 

 

Autumn 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.
 

Suitable for: Foundation and Key Stage 1

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 9th September until 25th October

 

Curriculum links KS1:

Art and Design 1a - record from first-hand observations, 2a - investigate a range of materials, 2b - try out tools and technique

Science, Living things in their environment 5a - find out about plants and animals in the local environment.

 

Curriculum links KS 2:

Art and Design 1a - record from experience, 2c - use a variety of methods to communicate observations, 5c - use a range of materials

 

 

Plant Lifecycles - Key Stage 2

We will follow the lifecycle of a plant from seed germination through growth and photosynthesis, to flowering, pollination and seed production. We will look at what plants need to grow, and just how they do it.  Why do plants need to be pollinated?  Why do seeds need to disperse?  These questions and many more will be answered during your exploration of the Garden.

Suitable for: Key Stage 2

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 9th September until 25th October

Curriculum links:

 Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 1 - life processes, 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment

 

 

 

5 Senses - 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”.

 

Suitable for: Key Stage 1
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 EYFS
Understanding the world, communication and language, playing and exploring
 
Curriculum links KS1
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
Geography 3 – knowledge and understanding of places

 

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

Come to the Botanic Garden to celebrate Biology Week 2013, 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.

Suitable for: Key Stage 2
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 14th until 18th October

Curriculum links:

Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and 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.

 

Suitable for: Key Stages 1 & 2
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 4th November until 20th December

Curriculum links KS1:

Geography 5b - recognise how the environment may be improved and sustained

Science, Living things in their their environment, 5a - find out about plants and animals inthe local environment

Art and Design,  2a - investigate a range of materials

 

Curriculum links KS2:

Geography 5a - recognise how people can improve the environment

Science Living things and their environment, 5a - ways in which living things and the environment need protection

Art and Design, 5c - using a range of materials

 

Each session is:

Free of charge, lasts between 11/4 and 13/4 hours, has a maximum capacity of 35 children. 

Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

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

Curriculum links:

Citizenship: Preparing to play an active role as citizens; Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle

 

 

How to book…    

All activities are FREE, but donations are appreciated.  Places are limited for all of our school programmes and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  The maximum size of group 35 pupils.  The sessions offered are specially designed activities for your pupils.  They do not include a general tour of the Garden.  Please book extra time with us if you wish to explore the Garden after your session.  

 

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

Read our notes to help you prepare your risk assessment.

Teachers who are interested in booking or finding out more about any of our programmes should contact:

Kate Castleden or Emma Williams, Primary Education Officers

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

 

T 01865 286690
 

Primary Teacher CPD training.   

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