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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Plants and animals - Living Things and their Habitats– Key Stage 1

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...
Minibeast hunt
  • to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and microhabitats using a range of equipment including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent) and to use the concept of a simple food chain. .
Pond dipping
  • to observe and identify the variety of aquatic life found in our dipping ponds and to use the concept of a simple food chain.
Bee game
  • about the role of the bee in pollination.
Colour palettes
  • to look carefully at the variety of colours found on different parts of plants.
Colour filters
  • to see the Gardens from different coloured viewpoints.
Colour sticky caterpillars  
  • about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured caterpillar.
Smelly sticky caterpillars
  • about the range of different smells found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual smelly strip.
Leaf match
  • to observe carefully the wide range of leaves in the Gardens (shape, colour and texture) and distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants.
Estate agents
  • to consider the needs and requirements of animals when creating a home for them.
Bug’s eyes
  • an alternative way to look at the Gardens.
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.


 

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

  • Sort a variety of objects into living and non-living and discuss their differences
  • Discuss what animals you might expect to see at the Gardens

Booking your visit