Past Programmes

Here you will find an archive of programmes we have run in previous years.

Summer Programme 2014

Terms 5 & 6: 22nd April - 22nd July

Visit the Botanic Garden and travel to different habitats around the world in our Glasshouses and explore our beautiful Garden outside.  Our 4.5 acre site holds collections of medicinal plants, allotment-style vegetable beds, tropical and arid glasshouses, beautiful flower borders and fantastic trees all set in the oldest botanic garden in the UK.
 
 

Mini Explorers       Nursery & Foundation Stage

We would like to welcome young explorers to the Garden, to discover what a Botanic Garden is.  Find Peter Rabbit in the veg beds and see which vegetables are growing.  Spot all the colours to be able to sing a rainbow, and search for mini-beasts near the Bog Garden.  We will sing different songs and include a range of activities to encourage exploration.  This session is part guided tour and part self-guided activities.
 
Curriculum links EYFS
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
 
 

Feed the World       Key Stage 1

This is an introduction to the range of plants that we grow for food.  We will explore the Glasshouses and Gardens outside to find a range of food plants from around the world, and think about which parts of plants we eat.  This session is part guided tour and part self-guided activities.
 
Curriculum links KS1
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
 
 

A Plant's Life       Key Stage 2

How do plants live in some of the most extreme places on the planet?  Pupils will see how plants have adapted to different habitats.  The session will explore how insectivorous plants catch their own food, how plants in the desert survive with little rainfall and how plants in the rainforest reach up to the sun and put up with wet, steamy conditions.  Pupils will also have a chance to explore the Garden outside, looking for temperate plant adaptations and the oldest tree in the Garden.  This session is part guided tour and part self-guided activities.
 
Curriculum links KS2
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
 
 

Plant Lifecycles: from seed to plant to seed again       Key Stage 2

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.  This session is part guided tour and part self-guided activities.
 
Curriculum links KS2
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 1 - life processes, 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
 
 

Waste-Free Lunch Challenge       Suitable for all Key Stages 

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

Spring Programme 2014

Terms 3 & 4: 6th January to 4th April 2014

Visit the Botanic Garden and travel to different habitats around the world in our Glasshouses and explore our beautiful Garden outside.  Our 4.5 acre site holds collections of medicinal plants, allotment-style vegetable beds, tropical and arid glasshouses, beautiful flower borders and fantastic trees all set in the oldest botanic garden in the UK.
 
 

Hot Art       Key Stages 1 & 2

See the diversity of plants from the Rainforest and get drawing!  Practice your creative skills with fun drawing exercises led by one of the Botanic Garden team.  Go on a hunt for colourful leaves in the Lily House and see some of nature’s strangest examples.  Explore the Palm House looking for plants in each layer of the rainforest and make a multi-layered drawing to take away.  Finish the session by exploring the Arid House, to look for diverse plant shapes in the desert.
 
Curriculum links KS1
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 4 – variation and classification, 5 – living things and their environment
Art and Design: 1 – exploring and developing ideas, 4 – knowledge and understanding
 
Curriculum links KS2
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
Art and Design: 1 – exploring and developing ideas, 4 – knowledge and understanding
 
 

A Plant’s Life       Key Stage 2

How do plants live in some of the most extreme places on the planet?  Pupils will see how plants have adapted to different habitats.  The session will explore how insectivorous plants catch their own food, how plants in the desert survive with little rainfall and how plants in the rainforest reach up to the sun and put up with wet, steamy conditions.  Pupils will also have a chance to explore the Garden outside, looking for temperate adaptations and the oldest tree in the Garden.  This activity is a mix of guided session and self-guided tour.
 
Curriculum links
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment
 
 

5 Senses       Foundation & Key Stage 1

A hands on tour around the Garden allows pupils to use all 5 senses to engage with their surroundings.  Pupils can smell herbs, taste tropical fruit, listen for natural sounds, find colourful plants and feel a whole variety of textures.  Pupils will visit the steamy rainforest and arid desert as well as having a chance to explore the beautiful Garden outdoors.  This session is a mix of guided and self-guided tour.
 
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
 
 

Planet Botanic       Key Stage 2

How can we look after the planet for future generations?  Pupils are transformed into Green Inspectors to see how “green” the Garden really is.  Pupils will think about wise use of water and power, endangered species, food production, Fairtrade, and reducing waste.  The session is a fun introduction to sustainability, full of ideas for pupils to take back to school and home to make the World a greener place.  Ideal for those needing inspiration for school councils and the "Eco Schools" challenge.
 
Curriculum links
Citizenship 5a – taking responsibility
Geography 5 – knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development
 
 

* Discover Plants * – special programme to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week       Key Stage 2

14th to 28th March 2014
 
Explore the world of plants and be a botanist for the day.  Pupils will find out more about the life of plants whilst carrying out investigations into plants and the natural world.  Pupils will try their hand at lab work, classification and fieldwork.  There will also be a chance to sow some seeds to take back to school and grow. 
 
Curriculum links
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 4 – variation and classification, 5 – living things and their environment
 
 

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.
 
 
 

Autumn Programme 2013

Terms 1 & 2: 3rd September to 20th December 2013

This term our programme focuses on exploring the Garden as the seasons change, learning about the diversity of plant life, celebrating Biology Week 2012, and celebrating Christmas in a green and sustainable way.
 

Autumn Art       Foundation & Key Stage 1

Available until 25th October 2013
Nature’s colour palette is spectacular in autumn!  Come along to find out how busy our plants are, producing seeds, losing 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.

 

5 Senses       Key Stage 1

Enjoy a sensory exploration of the Botanic Garden.  Spend time in our Glasshouses, and experience the range of habitats we have.  Use your senses to help you explore our outdoor spaces.  See, feel, smell, taste and listen to different plants.  Have a think about which parts of your body are linked to your senses, and create a sensory "map".

This session includes tasting, so please let us know if any of your students have allergies.

 

Biology Week: A Plant's Life       Key Stage 2

14th to 18th October 2013

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.

 

A Green Christmas       Key Stages 1 & 2

Available from 4th November 2013

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 "green" 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.