Our School and Local Area
Gardens

Children build upon their knowledge of plants and growing. Learn what plants need to grow, why our natural spaces are important and visit a local garden. Buzz with excitement as you learn about bees, get the chance to grow some bee friendly plants and create your own small world gardens!

Session 1 Inspiring spaces

Objectives

Art

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Geography

  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to: key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Develop art techniques using brushstrokes, texture and tone.
  • Describe features of local area and understand how places are changing.
  • Describe physical features in a painting.

You Will Need

  • Drawing paper
  • Paints and pencils
  • Painting instructions
  • You will need to write a letter from the RSPB or your local wildlife trust or organise a visit from wildlife trust education officer

Session 2 Through the window

Objectives

Science

  • Ask simple questions, observe closely, identify and classify.

Geography

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom, use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Identify/find out about plants that grow in local area.
  • Create a garden plan.
  • Understand the climate affects what grows in the local environment.
  • Understand the importance of protecting our natural spaces.

You Will Need

  • Permission slips and letter to guardians
  • Extra adult support
  • Wildlife identification sheets
  • Clip-boards
  • Computer scanner and digital camera

Session 3 Save the bees!

Objectives

Science

  • Observe closely, identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.
  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Name some common garden flowers.
  • Talk about the importance of bees.
  • Use simple scientific language to communicate ideas.
  • Name parts of a plant.

You Will Need

  • A suitable area for planting
  • Gardening magazines, scissors and glue
  • Devon Wildlife Trust Bees Resource (see page 21)

Session 4 Mary, how does your garden grow?

Objectives

Science

  • Observe closely, observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Art

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Understand that seeds make new plants.
  • Know seeds need water, light and a suitable conditions to grow.
  • Make a small world garden.

You Will Need

  • Sunflower seeds
  • magnifying glasses/hand lenses
  • Book Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Bonnet for dressing up as Mary