Key Stage 2
‘Children thoroughly enjoyed and understood the content. Each activity was well paced with no overload of information. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this activity to other teachers and schools.’ Maes y Morfa.
All our programmes are specially designed by us to support and enhance STEM learning, the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship through active learning experiences.
Welsh Woodland Fables
Using the outdoor environment as a stimulus for this literacy programme, explore language, setting, character and structure to work together to create stories in the woodland at the Garden and a bank of vocabulary and ideas to take back to school.
Paths to Maths
Use the natural environment of the National Botanic Garden of Wales as a starting point for practical applications of Maths learning.
Life Cycle of Flowering Plants
Find out about seed dispersal, germination, pollination and fertilisation and what is needed for each of these processes.
Sowing and Growing
To learn about seeds and germination take a look at different seeds, look inside a seed and have a go at planting a seed to take back to school.
Explore the habitats of some of the creatures that live in the Garden; find out about where they live, who eats what and how to identify them.
Life in Ponds
Come pond dipping with us to find out about the complex ecosystem of our ponds. Learn about food chains and habitats and how to look after a pond.
Make a study of life processes on our Waun Las National Nature Reserve, an organic working farm. Pupils will be introduced to key ecological words and practices, shown how to sample and measure plants and how to find and identify animal signs in the wild. Pupils will also look at the similarities and differences between all living things.
Visit our Tropical House to discover what it might be like in a Tropical Rainforest. Learn how plants are adapted to live there, what products we all use that come from rainforests and about how important these ancient ecosystems are to us all. This programme is an ideal introduction to the topic and brings alive the subject for pupils and discusses how we might protect rainforests for the future.
Learn about the honey bee and how a hive thrives. Explore the vital role played by bees in plant life cycles and food production, what threatens them and what we can do to help these amazing creatures.
Rocks and Soils
Discover why and how we need to look after our soil and why soils from different places are different colours, collect ingredients on a garden trail and use them to make your own soil and group soils using the dirty hands test.
Visit our lab and investigate how water can exist as a liquid, solid or gas and find different processes to change these states by conducting a range of fair tests.
Plants in Medicine
Explore the history of the use of plants in medicine from Hypocrites to the Physicians of Myddfai to the modern day. Discover key points in time for the development of medicines, the importance of weights and measures and the links between myths and modern science.
The Allotment – Growing for Success
Plan for success in the school allotment year after year; learn how to make successful compost and use it to its best advantage, what the different groups of vegetables are and how to use them in a basic crop rotation system as well as how to deal with pests. Learn good horticultural techniques such as successful seed sowing and seedling transplanting.
What On Earth is Sustainability?
This challenging workshop explores the different aspects of sustainability, the issues we need to engage with and how we can all make a difference to our sustainable future. It emphasises with pupils that their every day decisions count.
Green Technology Trail
This trail explores how the Garden has made choices to ensure we minimise our environmental impact on planet Earth and describes our role in the Global Plant Conservation Programme. We challenge pupils to consider what everyday choices they can make in school and at home to join us in trying to live more sustainably.
Using the plant collections of the Garden, this challenging workshop links the producer with the consumer and deals with issues such as inequality, global markets and consumer power. This actively explores the concept of ‘Think Global, Act Local’.
Waste and Recycling
Come and learn the pros and cons of recycling waste. Learn about how it happens and some even more sustainable alternatives. Cement this learning by making a musical instrument out of junk to take back to school.
The World in a Welsh Cake
Take a look at traditional foods of Wales such as Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith then find out where the ingredients come from and how far they have travelled.
Use role play and different areas of the Botanic Garden to create an island on which pupils will be challenged to find water, make a shelter and a fire in order to survive whilst waiting to be rescued. It discusses how ‘salvaged’ items may be useful and what food sources are around to increase their chances of survival.
Through challenging games and activities children use their senses to explore the natural environment. This is ideal to build literacy skills and self esteem. Earth walks have been used throughout the UK, Europe and the US to help children understand the wonders of nature.
Design and build a raft using only natural materials found at the Garden that will carry a grape down the 200 metre Rill and save it from being juiced. This practical and fun workshop will enable pupils to work together to make and test their designs. We are happy to offer these programmes whatever the weather but some do work best at certain times of the year. Give us a call for advice on planning your visit.
Christmas Cake Food Miles
Find out how far your Christmas food ingredients have travelled. Discover their origins and connections with plants from all over the world. Think about the environmental impact of food miles and the options for fair trading by taking part in activities and games.
End of year Summer Trip
Celebrate summer with your year group or whole school. We can help you plan a fun day at the Garden including ‘Back to Nature’ and team building activities.
We are able to adapt and develop programmes to meet your needs. For more information or to speak to a teacher ring the Education Officer on 01558 667154 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org