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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Growing Plants – 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...
Seed survival
  • about the life-cycle of a seed by playing an interactive game.
Bud hunt
  • to make careful observations about the changes occurring to plants in the spring.
Bee game
  • through drama about the life cycle of a plant growing from a seed or bulb and the role of the bee in pollination.
  • to appreciate the world above their heads.
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 strips
  • about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured 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.
Vegetable game
  • to appreciate the wide variety of vegetables we grow and eat today.


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

  • Be familiar with the names of the different parts of a plant.
  • Plant bulbs and/or seeds.