EYFS Wakehurst in the autumn trail

Explore the beautiful Wakehurst gardens and find out what happens to plants in autumn.

Autumn leaves close up


Early Years


45 minutes

Allocated space

30 pupils

Pupils will be taken on a trail around the gardens and will learn about and observe seasonal changes.

They will investigate how plants survive the winter and through the use of the diverse collection of plants found at Wakehurst they will identify the signs of autumn. 

Add two of our 45 minute sessions to build a full day visit. 

Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group.  

This session offers pupils the opportunity to 

  • Listen to and follow instructions.

  • Walk and cooperate in groups.

  • Explore and observe the natural surroundings.

  • Find out about plants and seeds.

  • Talk about their findings.

  • Recognise that some plants lose their leaves during the winter and some do not .

  • Observe and begin to identify signs of autumn.

  • Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the plants and the outside environment in the autumn.

Curriculum links 

All areas of the EYFS curriculum are supported in a cross-curricular form: 

  • Communication and language 

  • Personal, social and emotional development  

Specific areas of learning: 

  • Understanding the world 

  • Make observations about animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes 

  • Talk about features of the environment

Pupils on a Wakehurst school visit

Early Years sessions

Our Early Years Foundation Stage sessions use play, exploration, active learning and celebrating achievement to stimulate their learning and development.