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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Change – Foundation Stage

A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three - five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Season hoops
  • about how the cycle of the seasons and changes in the weather affect plants and animals.
Leaf sort
  • to appreciate the wide variety of different colours and shapes of leaves.
Bud hunt
  • to make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring.
Bee game
  • through a drama activity about the life cycle of a plant and the role of bees in pollination.
Seed survival  
  • about the life-cycle of a seed by playing an interactive game
Butterfly survival
  • about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game.  
Frog survival   
  • about the life-cycle of a frog  by playing an interactive game.
Caterpillar game
  • about the life-cycle of a butterfly through role play.  N.B this is a blind fold game of trust.
Colour sticky strips
  • about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured strip.
Bamboo products hunt
  • to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
Pond dipping
  • to observe and identify the variety of aquatic life found in ponds.


Sessions times

  • Pre-school 10am -12pm
    You are welcome to stay for lunch
  • Reception 10am to 2.30pm
    with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre

Suggested pre-visit activities

  • Discuss what is a life-cycle is (read “The Hungry Caterpillar”)
  • Be familiar with the months of the year and the different seasons.
  • Observe, record and discuss the changes in day length over a period of time.

Booking your visit