Whole World Cake

An ideal outing for your R, KS1 or KS2 class or year group, supporting Science, Geography and Citizenship.

The Whole World Cake is a two-hour worksheet-free session suitable for children from Reception level through KS2. The children are invited to help make a cake and are sent around the Garden in search of the ingredients from the plants that produce them. The trail takes them through temperate woodland, a desert, past orange and lemon trees from the Mediterranean and into a tropical rainforest. When they return, the ingredients are put together and the children learn about the countries the ingredients have come from and the people involved in their production. Finally the children sample a piece of the delicious Whole World Cake.

The introductory talk touches on many aspects of the science curriculum, including when age-appropriate, pollination, adaptation, diversity and uses of plants. In the follow-up session they learn how sugar cane is eaten, how bananas travel across the world to our supermarkets and how the price of a banana is distributed.

When you book for a Whole World Cake you will receive a booklet which includes the background to the programme. If you have any particular organisational, learning or curricular needs, please discuss them when you phone to book.

Children from many schools have already taken part in the Whole World Cake, which has been followed up in many ways back in school. Many children and their teachers have commented that it was their best day out ever.

  • Availability: All year
  • Age group: R, KS1 and KS2
  • Numbers: up to three classes per day i.e. about 100
  • Duration: a session takes 2 hours, and an additional 30 minute herb activity is also provided
  • Cost: £4.90 per child with no charge for accompanying adults (minimum charge per booking £117.60). You can stay on at the Garden for the rest of the day at no extra cost
  • Allergies: children do not collect or taste any nuts

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