Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum

Plants Wow!

An introduction to the exciting world of plants for KS1 and Year 3. 

We start in the classroom with an introduction, which includes looking at different plants. We talk with the children about how, where these plants live, is different. The children can see an example of the world’s biggest seeds.

Children visit different areas of the Botanic Garden in groups and complete a simple booklet about what they see and do. Teacher and children by cacti in the desert house at the university of Leicester Botanic Garden

  • In the classroom area the children plant seeds in individual pots to take back to school
  • Herbs- they match artefacts to the herbs used to make them
  • Woodland -  bark and leaf rubbings
  • Desert House - drawing different cacti on paper and in sand
  • Rainforest- matching products to plants

OR As an additional /alternative activity (depending on arrival and departure times) children can collect leaves and sticks to create natural tree sculptures and label the different parts of the plant. For year 3 the functions of the parts of the plant are also included.  

Groups usually complete three activity topics in the morning and two in the afternoon.

In addition there will have been suggested other special things to look out for and everyone has the opportunity to punch the soft Redwood bark!

The day finishes with a plenary to discuss everything that has been seen and learnt. 

  • Numbers: We can take up to two classes at a time (70 maximum)
  • Timing: A 20-30 minute taught introduction followed by 30 minutes in each of up to five habitats
  • Organisation: The children need to be organised in up to five small groups each to be accompanied by an adult
  • Cost: £5.00 per child with no charge for accompanying adults. (Note the minimum charge is £120)
  • Lunch: Lunch can be eaten outside or in a classroom

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

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