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... Minibeast hunt to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and microhabitats using a range of equipment including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent) and to use the concept of a simple food chain Pond dipping to observe and identify the variety of aquatic life found in our dipping ponds and to use the concept of a simple food chain Decay game about the role of minibeasts in the decomposition of plants Butterfly survival about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game Un-nature trail a greater understanding of camouflage whilst hunting for hidden objects in the natural environment 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 Caterpillar game about the life-cycle of a butterfly through role play. Note, this is a blindfold game of trust Colour sticky caterpillars about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured caterpillar Smelly sticky caterpillars about the range of different smells found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual smelly strip Colour filters to see the Gardens from different coloured viewpoints Bug’s eyes an alternative way to look at the Gardens Estate agents to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens You’ve been framed to work collaboratively to produce an outdoor art gallery created from garden materials inspired by minibeasts
- 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
- Look at a range of minibeasts and predict their habitat
- Watch an apple decay over a fortnight
- Suggested post-visit activities
- Make a minibeast from clay or junk modelling
- Investigate how the rate of decay can be changed
- Make a bug hotel
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