Spring Programme: Terms 3 & 4

Spring Programme 2014

6th January - 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 for National Science and Engineering Week       Key Stage 2

24-28 March 2013

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
 

 

 

Each session is:

Free of charge, lasts between 1 hour 15 and 1 hour 45, 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.