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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Living Things and their Habitats – Key Stage 2

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...
Plants of the world
  • to observe and identify how a variety of plants adapt to their environment.
Minibeast hunt
  • to observe the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and to use classification keys to identify some of the animals found. A range of equipment will be used including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent).
Pond dipping
  • to observe the variety of aquatic life found in ponds and to use classification keys to identify some of the animals found.
Airy balls
  • through a fun interactive game that plants and animals are interdependent.
Estate agents
  • to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens.
Decay game
  • about the variety of factors affecting the decomposition of plants.
Leaf slides
  • to carefully observe the vein patterns in leaves.
Light meters
  • about the effect light has on the growth of plants.
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.
Survival of the fittest game
  • about the factors affecting the success of a habitat by playing an interactive game.
 

Sessions times

  • 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 a habitat is.
  • Look at a range of animals and their habitats.
  • Use keys to identify some objects.

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