Adaptation, classification and evolution

Key stage 2


A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three to five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Bat and moth game (echolocation) about how bats locate moths
Blindfold game to evaluate the importance of communication for survival
Plants of the world to identify how a variety of plants adapt to their environment
Minibeast hunt to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats using a range of equipment including sweep nets in the wildlife meadows (season and weather dependent) and to suggest reasons why particular minibeasts are found in certain micro habitats. The use of classification keys will be encouraged
Bee game through a drama activity, investigate how plants attract their pollinators
Photosynthesis game that plants and animals are interdependent
Pond dipping to use classification keys to identify specimens found in our dipping ponds and to observe the adaptations to an aquatic environment
Estate agents to consider the needs and requirements of animals when creating a home for them in the Gardens
Leaf slides to carefully observe the vein pattern in leaves and how that is related to the leaf shape etc
Light meters about the effect light has on the growth of plants
Seed dispersal that different plants grow in different soils – biodiversity
Dinosaur survival game about the different reasons for the extinction of dinosaurs by playing an interactive game
Plant hunters trail to learn more about the plant hunters by playing an interactive game
Survival of the fittest game about the factors affecting the success of a habitat by playing an interactive game
Session times

10am to 2.30pm
with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre.

Suggested pre-visit activities
  • Discuss what plants need to grow well
  • Research Carl Linnaeus, a pioneer of classification
  • Find out about how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace developed their ideas on evolution
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Make an information card for a class display about a favourite living thing seen at the Gardens and how it is adapted to its natural environment
  • Write a simple classification key
  • Look at how living things are adapted to extreme conditions
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