Spring Programme: Terms 3 & 4

The Botanic Garden Glasshouses will undergo a period of extensive maintenance during the first part of 2015, so we will not be hosting any school visits at the Botanic Garden until Term 4.

 
 

23rd February 27th March 2015

 
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 desert, and get arty!  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.
 
Session length: 1 hour 45 mins
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links Key Stage 1
Art: Exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art
Science Year 1: structure of plants
Science Year 2: plants and their habitats
 
Curriculum links Key Stage 2
Art: Exploring and developing ideas, investigating and making art
Geography: climate zones
Science Year 4: plants in the environment
Science Year 6: plants adapted to their environments
 
 
 
 

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 are 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.
 
Session length: 1 hour 45 mins
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers here
Download a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links Key Stage 2
Science Year 3: parts of flowering plants, requirements of plants for life and growth
Science Year 4: plants in the environment
Science Year 6: plants adapted to their environments
Geography: climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
This session includes tasting, so please let us know if any of your students have allergies.
 
Session length: 1 hour 15 mins
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers here
Download a map of the Garden here
 
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 of plants
Science Year 2: Plants – plants need water and light to grow and stay healthy
 
 
 
 

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.  This session is a mix of guided and self-guided tour.
 
Session length: 1 hour 45 mins
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links Key Stage 2
Citizenship 5a – taking responsibility
Geography 5 – knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development
 
 
 
 
 

* Discover Plants * – Special programme for British Science Week       Key Stage 2

16th to 20th March 2015

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 and fieldwork.  There will also be a chance to sow some seeds to take back to school and grow. 
 
Session length: 1 hour 45 mins
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links Key Stage 2
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 4 – variation and classification, 5 – living things and their environment
 

 

 

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       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.
 
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 here.
 
Read our notes to help you prepare your risk assessment here.
 
If you would like to make a booking, or if you require further information, please contact:
 
Kate Castleden and Emma Williams, Education Officers
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.