Variation

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...
Leaf match to observe carefully the wide range of leaves in the gardens (shape, colour and texture) and distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants
Bud hunt to make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring
Un-nature trail a greater understanding of camouflage whilst hunting for hidden objects in the natural environment
Minibeast hunt to identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats
Colour palettes to look carefully at the variety of colours found on different parts of plants
Pond dipping to identify the variety of aquatic life found in ponds
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
Texture cards that there are a variety of textures to be found in the natural environment
Shape cards that there are a variety of shapes to be found in the natural environment
Leaf sort to appreciate the wide variety of different colours and shapes of leaves and to distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants
Bamboo products hunt to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
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
  • Walk around the school grounds observing plant and animals
  • Sort a variety of pictures into animals and plants
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Examine two different plants found locally - observe, draw and annotate
  • Photoshop photographs to change their appearance
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