Global Fruit Trail

KS2/3 for one / two classes supporting Science, Geography, Citizenship & ESD for pupils year 4 and above. Children inside the tropical house at The university of Leicester Botanic Garden

The introductory talk touches on many aspects of the science curriculum, including seed dispersal, adaptation, diversity and uses of plants. Variation between climatic zones and its effect on plants is also discussed.

The students follow a trail around the Garden, using a map, in search of a variety of fruits grown in different climatic zones. The trail takes them through British woodland, a desert, past a lemon tree in the Mediterranean and into a tropical rainforest. They complete a quiz sheet as the visit each area. When they return, the answers are discussed and they then have the opportunity to sample most of the thirteen fruits they have seen by making their own fruit kebab.

The follow-up session highlights the importance of plants as a global food commodity and starts to explore different global issues linked with food: fair trade, food miles, packaging and recycling, organic produce and our consumer power. The children rotate a round to complete a series of sustainability activities that further explore global issues relating to food.

  • Numbers: Up to three classes (90 students)
  • Duration: Full day
  • Cost: £5.00 per child with no charge for adults. (Note: minimum charge £120)
  • Allergies: Students do not collect or taste any nuts
  • Alternative option: For one / two classes instead of the sustainability activities you can choose three plant life cycle activities (any from activities 1-5)

To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.