Summer: Terms 5 & 6

Summer Programme 2014 - *Now Fully Booked*

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

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.
 
Suitable for Nursery and Foundation Stage
Session length 1 hour 15 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here

 

 

EYFS Framework

Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

 

 

Feed the World

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.
 
Suitable for Key Stage 1
Session length 1 hour 15 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links
 
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 3 – green plants, 5 – living things and their environment

 

 

 

 

 

A Plant's Life

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.
 
Suitable for Key Stage 2
Session length 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit informarion here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links
 
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

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.
 
Suitable for Key Stage 2
Session length 1 hour 45 minutes
Download pre- and post-visit information here
Download the notes for teachers and a map of the Garden here
 
Curriculum links
 
Science Sc2 life processes and living things: 1 - life processes, 3 – green plants, 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.
 
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
 

*Now Fully Booked*

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
 
Telephone: 01865 286690
 
Fax: 01865 286693
 
Email: education@obg.ox.ac.uk