Journeys to Christmas

Learn more about the traditions linked with the festival of Christmas. For F, KS 1/2, supporting RE, Geography, Science and Art.

Following an introductory activity involving sharing ideas about Christmas and smelling Frankincense and Myrrh, the children follow three different trails of coloured stars around the Garden: green, silver and gold.A wooden cut out of a figure in front of a cactus

  • On the green trail they see some living Christmas decorations , including holly, ivy, mistletoe, fir and spruce trees
  • On the silver trail they discover the origins of some of the ingredients of Christmas food and have an opportunity to taste them
  • The gold trail is linked to the Christmas story and Christmas gifts, especially gold, frankincense and myrrh

After the Green trail, the children make a simple decoration with materials from the Garden to take back to school, and as part of the Silver trail they collect labels to stick on a world map to show the origin of Christmas foods. On the gold trail they meet Tariq in the desert house and learn more about the plants the wise men could have used on their journey. There is also a stable to visit where they can sit on straw bales and tell the Christmas story using knitted figures.

During the plenary session the story of chocolate from grower to customer is acted out and the children learn about fair trade. The programme finishes with the children receiving a piece of chocolate as a surprise.

  • Availability: November and December only
  • Age group: F, KS1 and KS2
  • Numbers: Up to 70 children (or two classes) per half-day, each class divided into three groups with an accompanying adult
  • Duration: 2½ hours per staffed session which may go across lunchtime depending on arrival time
  • Cost: £5.00 per pupil with no charge for adults (Note the minimum charge is £120)
  • Weather: We go outside whatever the weather so appropriate clothing and footwear is recommended. Because of the season however, the trails are part outside and part inside. In the event of severe winter conditions, the programme is adapted. The classroom is available for lunch. 

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