Key Stage 3
‘Very interesting, informative and up-to-date information. The guided tour by Jane was very good.” Bishop Gore School, Swansea.
All our programmes are specially designed by us to support and enhance STEM learning, the skills framework, ESDGC, Healthy Schools and/or Eco Schools through active learning experiences. We are able to adapt any of our programmes from other Key Stages to fit the needs of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.
Lifecycle of Flowering Plants
Using microscopy and flower dissection explore the main stages in the lifecycle of flowering plants to include all aspects of pollination, fertilisation and germination. Follow the growth of the seedling plant, through vegetative stages to maturity, flower production, seed formation and dispersal. Available all year round
Life in Ponds
Investigate the interdependence of organisms by exploring our freshwater ecosystems. By collecting and identifying fresh water animals from our dipping pools, pupils will discover how different animals move, breath and feed. The information pupils collect, together with support material provided by us, will enable classes to return to school where they can construct food chains and webs, build up ecological pyramids and simple energy flow diagrams. Available April – October
How have plants evolved to cope with different climates across the planet? Why do some have hairy leaves or bright red undersides or smell like rotting flesh? What is convergent evolution? Explore our Great Glasshouse, Tropical House and ornamental gardens to find out how Mediterranean, tropical and temperate climates have affected plant adaptations over millenia. Available all year round
Why do carnivores have eyes at the front of their heads? How does temperature and day/night length affect flowering? What role do mushrooms play in the ecosystem? Who did that poo? Based in one of our classrooms and on our Waun Las National Nature Reserve, an organic working farm, pupils will be introduced to key ecological words, shown how to sample and measure plants in the wild, and how to find and identify animal signs. Pupils will also look at how different animals feed and how all living things are interdependent through food chain and food webs. Available April – September
Plants and Medicine Through Time
Find out about the history of medicine and the important role that plants have played in this. Pupils will discover the major cultural and scientific breakthroughs, from medieval times to modern day, that have led to cures for disease and a better understanding for the need to promote good health. Using the Physicians of Myddfai exhibition and Apothecary’s Hall and Garden, explore the development of medicine through time. Available all year round
What On Earth is Sustainability?
What makes an active citizen? 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 decisions count.
Available all year round
Green Technology Trail
How do we use plants to heat our Great Glass House and to clean our water? Our 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. Available all year round
Food and Food Miles
What is the environmental impact of a typical weekly shop? This programme will raise pupil awareness of the local and global issues, both human and environmental, that affect the food we buy. Using the Garden’s economic plant collections, pupils will find out where and how their food is produced and will be provoked to think about the ethical and environmental choices open to them. Available all year round
What is it and why should we engage with it? 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’. Available all year round
The Grape Escape
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 hands-on activity is great for problem solving and skills development. It can be used as part of a Design and Technology course or as a fun add on to any of the other programmes on offer. Available all year round
Pupils can come and create transient pieces of environmental art that help them think about the natural world and their place within it. Inspired by the work of artists such as Tim Pugh and Andy Goldsworthy, pupils will have the opportunity to design and construct a piece of art using natural found materials from around the Garden. We encourage pupils and teachers to bring cameras to take pictures of these pieces and of other artwork around the Garden. Available all year round
Self-Led Group Visits
The Garden has become a highly popular venue for art projects and for creative writing and poetry. The beauty of the Garden and the global significance of our conservation work provides a stimulating and authentic environment for pupils to engage in creative interpretation of the Garden. Schools can come as self-led group for a variety of activities, some of which might be inspired by our Art exhibitions or seasonal visitor trails linked to our plant collections.