Foundation stage


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...
Bud hunt make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring
Bee game through a drama activity about the life cycle of a plant and the role of bees 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)
Session times
  • Pre-school 10am to 12pm
    You are welcome to stay for lunch
  • Reception 10am to 2.30pm
    with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre
Suggested pre-visit activities

Grow an apple pip or a sunflower.

Suggested post-visit activities

Make a “cress head”.

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