Growing plants

Key stage 1


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...
Seed survival about the life-cycle of a seed by playing an interactive game
Bud hunt to make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring
Bee game through drama about the life cycle of a plant growing from a seed or bulb and the role of the bee in pollination
Mirrors to appreciate the world above their heads
Colour palettes to look carefully at the variety of colours found on different parts of plants
Colour filters to see the Gardens from different coloured viewpoints
Colour sticky strips about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured strip
Leaf match to observe carefully the wide range of leaves in the Gardens (shape, colour and texture) and distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants
Vegetable game to appreciate the wide variety of vegetables we grow and eat today
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
  • Be familiar with the names of the different parts of a plant
  • Plant bulbs and/or seeds
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Create a plant diary to record the growth of a plant using drawing, writing etc
  • Investigate which plants provide food for humans and where in the world these plants grow
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