Plants and animals - living things and their habitats

Key stage 1

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...
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
Bee game about the role of the bee in pollination
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 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
Leaf match to observe carefully the wide range of leaves in the Gardens (shape, colour and texture) and distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants
Estate agents to consider the needs and requirements of animals when creating a home for them
Bug’s eyes an alternative way to look at the Gardens
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
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
  • Sort a variety of objects into living and non-living and discuss their differences
  • Discuss what animals you might expect to see at the Gardens
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Walk around the school grounds and map the different living things found
  • Make a bird feeder and observe bird visitors
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