Spring Programme: Terms 3 & 4

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

24th 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