The greatest number of our educational visits at the Community Greenhouses derive from local primary schools, with some classes coming back several times a year. We are experienced in planning and running sessions for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 pupils and we firmly believe that all aspects of the national curriculum can be enhanced by a fresh approach out of doors.
Every visit is individually tailored to the needs of your class or group and we offer:
- Class visits
- Year group visits: while one class enjoys the resources of Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses the other (or even the other two) will be engaged in a related activity in the wider Park
- Practical, hands-on sessions for smaller groups of difficult to settle students who benefit particularly from experiencing learning in a less formal environment
- Regular sessions for special needs students
- Workshops to tie in with national events such as Climate Week, National Insect Week and Empty Classroom Day
- Outreach visits to your school garden or outdoor space to run an activity at school
- Presentations to school assemblies to celebrate relevant festivals e.g. Hanami (Japanese blossom festival) or national initiatives such as Science Week
- Extra-curricular activities for school events such as the Summer Fair
- Facilitated staff meetings or staff training to improve staff confidence in taking lessons outside the classroom.
All activities are linked to relevant curriculum learning objectives, fully risk assessed, and led by our enthusiastic and creative education officer supported by a team of skilled volunteers. You will receive a detailed session plan, copy of any worksheets and copy of the risk assessment before your visit.
Popular topics include: Minibeasts and habitats; Green plants; Food chains; Weather systems; Ecology and biodiversity/conservation; Soils; Mapping techniques; Plant hunters; Growing food and healthy eating; Botanical drawing and sculpture using natural materials; Natural dyes; and Medicinal plants. We can also use the botanical, horticultural, environmental and creative resources of our site to explore a range of other topics and concepts. For example, we have run a themed programme of KS2 visits focusing on mathematical skill,s using activities as diverse as worm charming and tree hugging.
Our gardens and greenhouses are constantly changing meaning there is always something new to experience no matter what the season.
Visits to our site are charged at £3 per pupil (minimum charge of £30 per group). Staff training and outreach visits etc are negotiated separately.
For further information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07427 685714.