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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Rocks and Soils – 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.

Activity Learning objective: the children should learn...
Soil quiz
  • to make careful observations about different types of soils and the similarities and differences between them.
Plant fossils
  • about the variety of fossils and how fossils are formed.
Decay game
  • about the decomposition of plants and the re-cycling of nutrients by playing an interactive game.
Making a soil profile in a plastic bottle
  • to carefully observe the different components of soil.
Minibeast hunt
  • to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and their role in recycling and decomposition. Classification keys will be available to use.
Examining habitats
with different soil types within the Gardens
  • that different plants grow in different soils – biodiversity.
Dinosaur survival game
  • about the different reasons for the extinction of dinosaurs 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

  • Observe a variety of rocks and discuss their characteristics.
  • Examine some commonly found fossils and discuss how they were formed.

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