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Plant Life

Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Plants need light, water and warmth to grow well
  • Work/move safely in the outdoors
  • Use tools safely/competently
  • Know the difference between healthy and unhealthy plants
  • Observe the features of seeds, seedlings and plants
  • Appreciate where our food comes from
  • The importance of making/growing/eating our own food

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility
  • Gain an appreciation of gardening techniques and how we care and nurture seeds and plants
  • That leaves of a plant are associated with healthy growth


On arrival a member of OEE Team will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

Can be led by centre teacher or by visiting teacher.

  • Arrival H&S talk milk and fruit if required
  • Walk to Victorian garden (5 mins)
  • Talk through and demonstrate the activities available(10mins)

The following activities are on offer but they are dependant on the time table of the gardening year.

  • Pot maker activity(see sheet)
  • Seed sowing in seed trays using seed compost or directly into raised bed after making drills
  • Plant hunt sheet (KS1)
  • Vegetable sheet( KS2)
  • Harvesting vegetables and fruit after being shown how to pick and what equipment to use and wear (gloves)
  • Pricking out, using pre-grown seedlings using a dibber or pencil to place into larger pot. Children can observe plant structure using hand lenses. (KS2)
  • Weeding/digging preparing an area of the school plot and or Victorian garden

The Victorian garden work sheets are available at the centre and will be copied for your day here at Brackenhurst.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 – 10 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Wellingtons advisable for Victorian garden activities

Equipment supplied

All garden tools and resources, work sheets, clipboards, pencils and crayons first aid kit.

Equipment needed from school

Sun cream if required, trays for pot makers or any vegetables/fruit to return to school with

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions


Additional information will be given to KS2 children regarding the different processes involved with this plants half day session, for example the vocabulary used in life cycle of a plant, germination, pollination etc. Also more independence given to completing physical gardening activities and the variety of tools used, plus work sheet differentiation.


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