Key Stage 1 programme - Plant a seed workshop
In this session, primary school students find out what a seed needs to germinate. This activity takes place in the nursery with help from the conservation and propagation team. This workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
Potting seeds in the nursery at Wakehurst.
Students find out what a seed needs to germinate. This activity takes place in the nursery and students learn what plants need to grow. The potted seeds are taken back to school.
Students visit the potting shed at Wakehurst and learn what a plant needs to grow. They take their potted seeds back to school for further study.
- Length: Typical workshop - 45 minutes.
- Group size: 30 students (maximum).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the national curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing New Curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- look at a variety of seeds
- plant a seed
- understand what seeds and plants need to grow
- identify different parts of a plant.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
National Curriculum Science
- Sc2 Life processes and living things - Life processes; Green plants.
- Unit 1B: Growing plants.
- Unit 2B: Plants and animals in the local environment.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch.
Once you've selected the combination of workshops and trails for your group, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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