Primary school visits are our bread and butter, with some local schools 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. Our gardens and greenhouses are constantly changing meaning there is always something new to experience no matter what the season.
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.
Although we are happy to design bespoke sessions to tie in with a particular project or topic, we also offer a set programme of curriculum-linked learning sessions for class visits from Primary schools:
Early Years Foundation Stage
- Nature Explorers | 1 hour | Year-round | Explore a range of habitats and micro-habitats using all the senses. Get up close using magnifiers and pond nets. Find out how we can help wildlife. Use natural materials to make land art.
- Garden Explorers | 1 hour | Terms 4, 5, 6 | Explore the gardens and greenhouses to spot signs of growth and evidence of activity. Make a recycled paper pot and plant a seed to take back to school.
- Sensory Explorers | 1 hour | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Explore our natural kitchen, where you can make mud pies, water the herb garden and indulge your imagination in the willow wigwam. Go on a sensory exploration of the gardens.
Key Stage 1
- Habitat Explorers | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Explore two habitats (pond and woodland) using nets and trays and make observational drawings of the organisms found. What do they look like and why? | Ideal for Year 1 and Year 2
- Parts of a Plant | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Learn about the parts of flowering plants. Explore the gardens and greenhouses to explore variation in leaves, stems, flowers and fruiting bodies. Make observational drawings. | Ideal for Year 1
- Plant Life-cycles | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Learn what seeds and bulbs need to grow. Explore plants growing under different conditions. Make observational drawings. Make a recycled paper pot and plant a seed to take back to school. | Ideal for Year 2.
- Animal Life-cycles | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Investigate and compare pond and woodland organisms in a particular stage in their life-cycle. Observational drawing. What do they look like and what are they doing? Why? | Ideal for Year 2.
Key Stage 2
- Edible Garden | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Find out the link between common foods and plants. Which parts of plants do we eat? How is it processed? Explore the gardens and greenhouses to observe, draw and taste edible plants. Sow a seed of a food plant in related food packaging. | Ideal for Year 3 and Year 4.
- The Life of Plants | 1 hr, 15 mins | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Learn about the parts of plants and investigate the gardens and greenhouses to spot examples. Observational drawing. Find out about pollination and seed dispersal through interactive games. | Ideal for Year 3.
- Habitats and Classification | 1 hr, 30 mins | Year-round | Explore the concept of classification. Why and how do we name and group things? Investigate habitats and use keys to identify organisms. Branching key roleplay. Explore human impacts on habitats. | Ideal for Year 4.
- Living Things | 2 hours | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Delve into the life-cycles of pond / woodland organisms through hands-on exploration. Explore human impacts and discuss conservation. | Ideal for Year 5.
- Classifying Life | 2 hours | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Explore the concept of classification. Why and how do we name and group things? Find and identify invertebrates. Investigate plant features and create a branching key. | Ideal for Year 6.
- Plants and People | 2 hours | Terms 1, 4, 5, 6 | Investigate plant adaptations to learn how they have evolved to cope with extreme conditions. Explore human uses of plants and discuss sustainability and conservation. | Ideal for Year 6.
Detailed session plans are available for all of the above sessions, including curriculum links, learning objectives and outcomes and extension activities.
In addition to class visits, we offer a range of other possibilities, including: 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 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.
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.