Here at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses we have considerable experience of running activities for students from a variety of educational settings from early years providers to universities. Learning outside enhances every stage of the national curriculum and our setting is one big outdoor classroom. With a mud play kitchen, an orchard, wildlife pond, herb garden, bee hives, vegetable gardens, cob oven and two big greenhouses, we can offer a unique and varied learning experience – and all in the centre of beautiful Brockwell Park.
We are open to visits from children’s groups on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term-time. Our experienced educators deliver:
- guided learning sessions
- hands-on sessions for smaller groups of difficult to settle learners
- regular sessions for special needs groups
- INSET training sessions for staff to build confidence in taking lessons outside
All are linked to relevant curriculum learning objectives and fully risk assessed.
For nurseries, nursery schools, children’s centres, groups of childminders and parents of pre-school children we run seasonally-themed sessions designed to broaden understanding of the natural world through play. Please go to nurseries for further details.
A large number of local (and sometimes not so local) primary schools visit our site to experience the benefits of learning outside the classroom. We also offer outreach visits and twilight training sessions to increase the confidence of teaching staff in leading outdoors learning experiences. There is no topic or aspect of the national curriculum that cannot be enhanced by abandoning the classroom for a morning! For further details of our programme for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 pupils, including rates, please visit our primary schools page.
At KS3 and above, things get even more interesting. Activities can range from art projects involving decay, to vegetation surveys, floral formulae, design and technology challenges, and murder mysteries to solve. Intrigued? Follow this link to secondary schools and to discover more about CSI Brockwell Greenhouses.
We offer horticultural training sessions or themed guided visits for students in further education. Student visitors have included those studying Garden History and the development and management of community gardens. For more information go to colleges and adult education providers.