Helping plants grow well

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...
Bud hunt to make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring
Seed survival game about the life-cycle of a seed by playing an interactive game
Light meters about the effect light has on the growth of plants
Leaf slides to carefully observe the composition of leaves
Bee game through a drama activity, investigate how plants attract pollinators
Tree dynamics about the parts of a tree through drama
Photosynthesis game through a fun interactive game that plants and animals are interdependent
Decay game about the decomposition of plants and the recycling of nutrients by playing an interactive game
Bird’s breakfast to collect and identify a variety of fruits and seeds suitable for a birds’ breakfast
Parts of a flower identify and understand the parts of a flower
Seed dispersal through drama how different plants use different techniques to disperse seeds
Plant hunters trail to learn more about the Plant Hunters 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
  • Familiarise the class with the names of the different parts of a plant
  • Investigate what food comes from plants
  • Grow plants in different growing conditions including light and dark
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Keep a diary of the growth of a plant
  • Look at a variety of seeds and how they are dispersed
  • Grow new plants from different parts of a plant such as seeds, stem and root cuttings, tubers and bulbs
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