Botanic Garden Secondary Education Programme

Secondary Education Officer, Sarah Lloyd, welcomes groups to the Botanic Garden throughout the year and runs a series of interactive sessions for each key stage.

A visit typically lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and has a capacity of 35 students.

If you would like to make a booking, or require further information, please contact sarah.lloyd@obg.ox.ac.uk

All secondary school group visits to the Garden must be booked in advance. 

 
Programmes available for 2016

Science Programmes

Plants as Living Things for Key Stage 3

This sessions includes activities based on the following curriculum themes:

The similarities and differences between plants and animals
The process of photosynthesis and the carbon cycle
The role of plants in ecosystems
The importance of biodiversity 

 
Plants and Human Health for Key Stage 4

This sessions includes activities based on the following curriculum themes:

The role of plants in the discovery and development of new medicines
Feeding a growing population: productivity and plant diseases
The importance of biodiversity

 
Conservation Preservation for Key Stage 5

This sessions includes activities based on the following curriculum themes:

The importance of habitat, species and genetic diversity
The role in classification in understanding species diversity
Factors that put biodiversity at risk
The conservation process: illustrated by the Garden’s involvement with the Japan Hotspot Conservation Project 

 

Art Programmes

Art in the Garden for All Key Stages

Art students are able to explore the historic Walled Garden, the less formal Lower Garden and see the exotic plants in the glasshouses. 

On arrival students and teachers will be met and given a short introduction to the collection and given some guidance about getting the most from the visit. 

The suggested length for an art visit is between 1 and 2 hours.

 

Geography Programmes

People, Plants and Places for Key Stage 3

This sessions includes activities based on the following curriculum themes:

Understanding the similarities and differences between the environments of the World.
The study of a rainforest biome and the factors and processes that affect the things that live there
The production of food and use of natural resources 

 

 
Self-led geography activities for Key Stage 5 

Please contact sarah.lloyd@obg.ox.ac.uk for further information 

 

Cross-Curricular Programmes

The Botanic Garden is one of 6 University collections. If you are interested in combining a visit to the Garden with a visit to one of the University Museums please contact sarah.lloyd@obg.ox.ac.uk to discuss possible programmes and themes.