Living things and habitats

Key stage 2

Activities

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...
Plants of the world to observe and identify how a variety of plants adapt to their environment
Minibeast hunt to observe the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and to use classification keys to identify some of the animals found. A range of equipment will be used including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent)
Pond dipping to observe the variety of aquatic life found in ponds and to use classification keys to identify some of the animals found
Photosynthesis game through a fun interactive game that plants and animals are interdependent
Estate agents to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens
Decay game about the variety of factors affecting the decomposition of plants
Leaf slides to carefully observe the vein patterns in leaves
Light meters about the effect light has on the growth of plants
Butterfly survival about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game
Frog survival about the life-cycle of a frog 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 a habitat is
  • Look at a range of animals and their habitats
  • Use keys to identify some objects
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Research animal tracks
  • Make a bug hotel
  • Construct a key to identify minibeasts, pond animals and/or plants
  • Create an estate agent’s "house details" based on the home made at the gardens
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