Botanic Garden and Attenborough Arboretum


KS4 taught programmes Half/full day
Art - Mixed Media, plants and sculpture collection, pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastel, ink, clay  Full

Ecology Pyramids (biology) – trophic levels in an ecosystem. Small groups focus on a 5m x 5m area and construct pyramids of numbers and biomass


Ecosystems – measure abiotic environmental factors in our tropical, desert, and cold-climate glasshouses and in our temperate woodland and pond. Consider how the species are adapted to their environment. Collect species from the pond and construct a food web. Consider the effects humans have on these ecosystems

Population Size – using quadrats measure the population size of a common species in a shady vs open lawn. Measure leaf lengths and calculate means, modes and medians
Natural Selection – conduct two practical simulation exercises that demonstrate natural selection. Activities involve i) adaptations shown by bird beaks, and ii) the role of mimicry in promoting survival. The work of Darwin and Wallace is highlighted. The mimicry activity can also be delivered in school.
Classification – think about the taxonomic hierarchy and use general appearance to construct a classification. Test whether general appearance is always a reliable guide to biological relationships. Match the living things you find in a pond to an evolutionary tree that depicts their relationships
Team Building - a variety of fun interactive activities both inside and outside. Can be adapted to fit the needs of your group
Half or full
Botanica Workshop (citizenship) – a simulation exercise based in a developing country. Students in groups take on citizen roles and consider whether this country should host an international sporting event. Presentations, debate, voting and linking to real life examples. Can also be delivered in school

  • Numbers: One or two classes depending on the programmes chosen
  • Cost: Please visit our programme costs page
  • Staffing: For safety and so the students get the most out of the activities we ask that you bring at least two adults per 15 students
  • Time of year: Ecology Pyramids, Ecosystems, Classification March to October. Other programmes can be taught throughout the year

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