Habitats and Adaptations

For KS2/3 one/two classes supporting the Science Curriculum. The Habitats & Adaptations programme is a series of activities that explores, compares and contrasts different habitats at the Botanic Garden.

  1. Tropical rainforest glasshouse- looking at adaptations in plants for low light and excess water children and teacher reading a datalogger
  2. Desert glasshouse - looking at adaptations where there is very little water
  3. Logs, grass etc. - Minibeast hunting and identification
  4. Woodland - measuring light under trees, comparing the number of plants growing under them
  5. Mediterranean- herbs and their uses
  6. Pond - using nets to find and identify animals 

Temperature, light intensity and sound levels are measured using data-loggers to compare the different habitats and the children are given the opportunity to record their findings in a variety of ways. They have an opportunity to do pond dipping and mini-beast hunting and use identification keys.

The programme includes an introduction and a member of our staff to support you throughout the day with pond dipping or another activity if you so choose. You will receive the worksheets for the year group of children you have booked to photocopy. If you need additional harder or easier worksheets for certain children please contact us. 

Teachers who have already taken part in this programme have said how relevant the activities are to the curriculum and how much the children have learnt.

  • Availability: March to November
  • Age group: KS2 and KS3
  • Numbers: Up to two classes per day (70 maximum)
  • Duration: A 20-30 minute taught introduction followed by 30 minutes in each of up to six habitats i.e. up to a full day
  • Organisation: The children need to be organised in at least three groups for one class and in six small groups for two classes,each accompanied by an adult provided by the school
  • Cost: £5.00 per child, adults free (minimum charge £120)

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