EYFS and Key Stage 1

Programme: Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Plant explorers

This session will help Foundation and Key stage 1 groups to explore Great Dixter. The children will learn about the parts of a plant, how we can help plants to grow and about plants in the local environment, focussing on the use of senses. “Plant Explorers” includes an activity walk around the garden, a seed planting session- and a seasonal cooking activity where the children will be able to prepare a simple snack using fruit or vegetables grown in the teaching garden. This will introduce healthy eating concepts and help children to identify where food comes from.

National Curriculum:
Science Sc1 (Scientific enquiry): 2f, 2h. Science Sc2 (Life processes and living things): 1a, 1c, 3a-c.
Design and Technology 1a-c, 2a-f, 3a-b, 4a.

Suitable for: EYFS and Year 1

When: Spring-Autumn.

Cost: £6.50 per child

Sensory discoverers

This session will encourage children to make full use of their senses in exploring the garden and woodland at Great Dixter. The group will take part in a variety of activities focussing on use of the senses with loads of fun and games, stories and a special view of the garden and woodland at Great Dixter.

 

 

 

 


National Curriculum:

Science: Sc1 2f, h, Exploring using senses English En1: 8C Describing events and experience. Geography 4a, b

Suitable for: EYFS and Year 1

When: Any time of year.

Cost: £5.50 per child

Woodland explorer day

Our woodland explorer day will introduce children to Great Dixter’s ancient coppiced woodland through a range of different practical activities. The group will find out about firelighting, use small hand tools to create a name badge, have a chance to cook over the fire and play a whole range of sensory games.

The afternoon will consist of a shelter building session, introduced by a story to get imaginations fired up, plus some time for the children to explore the woods undirected.

(Can be carried out building mini or full-sized shelters depending on the abilities of your group).

Groups will also visit our historic Great Barn (one of the most important and largest Medieval barns in Sussex) and see some of the traditional coppice crafts that are practiced on site, including hurdle and ladder making

National Curriculum:

Design &Technology 1a-d, 2a-e, 3a-c, 4a,b, 5b
English 2a,b, 3a,b
PSHE 1a-c
Citizenship 1a-c

Suitable for: EYFS-Key stage 1

When: Any time of year.

Cost: £5.50 per child

Nature sculptors day

Searching the garden for natural seed pods, plant forms and other inspiration the children will collect natural objects and make a simple design. Using this they will create a Dixter inspired plaque using plaster of Paris, and found materials from the garden. With plenty of scope for imagination, discussion and experiment, this session is the perfect way to creatively explore Great Dixter.

This session can also take the form of a group activity, setting found objects from the garden into plaster of Paris to create a group plaque. Please ask for more details.

This session will be run by Hastings artist Hazel Brook. As well as being a visual artist, a painter and printmaker, Hazel works in a range of mixed media including collage and drawing. She has lots of experience working with children, having worked in a Hastings nursery setting running art workshops as well as running educational programmes for children in museums and galleries. A range of her work can be found here.

National Curriculum:

Art and Design,1a-b, 2a-c, 3a-b 4a-c
English, Speaking 1c-f, Listening, 2 a-f, Group Discussion, 3, a-e, 10 a-c
Design and Technology, Developing and communicating ideas, 1a-e, Working with tools and equipment, 2 a-e, Evaluating work, 3a,b, Knowledge and understanding, 4a

Suitable for: Year 2 and above

When: Any time of year
(Please note that Hazel has the experience to plan art workshops for younger children. Please contact us for a tailor made session).

Cost: £7.00 per child

Environment investigators

This session is aimed at helping Key stage 1 pupils investigate plants and animals in the local environment. Using the rich and diverse landscapes available at Great Dixter including our ancient coppiced woodland, dipping pond and rich biodiverse meadow, this hands-on session will enable children to describe, identify, group and compare different habitats and their inhabitants. This session includes an activity walk and plenty of fun and games!

 

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum:

Science Sc1 (Scientific enquiry) 2f, 2h. Science Sc2 (Life processes and living things) 1a, 1c, 3a-c

Suitable for: EYFS and Key stage 1

Cost: £5.50 per child

Garden collage and print day

The day will start with a session sketching around the garden, looking closely at insects, plant forms and birds as well as collecting other information including colours shapes, forms, movement, scale, textures scents and smells, as well as words and ideas from the garden.

The group will return to the education centre where they will use the information collected from the garden to create insects, birds and plant designs on card. The children will be encouraged to cut and rearrange the card cut-outs and use natural objects to add to the piece creating a printing block.  They will then use their printing block to experiment by creating prints and rubbings on a range of materials using Brusho dyes and crayons.

This session will be run by Hastings artist Hazel Brook.  As well as being a visual artist, a painter and printmaker, Hazel works in a range of mixed media including collage and drawing. She has lots of experience working with children, having worked in a Hastings nursery setting running art workshops as well as running educational programmes for children in museums and galleries. A range of her work can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum:

Art and Design, 1a-b, 2a-c, 3a-b, 4a-c
English, 2 a-f, 3, a-e, 10 a-c
Design and Technology, 1a-e, 2 a-e, 3a,b, 4a

Suitable for: Year 2 and above

When: Any time of year
(Please note that Hazel has the experience to plan art workshops for younger children. Please contact us for a tailor made session).

Cost: £7.00 per child

Visits:

All primary school visits to Great Dixter include a full day of planned activity with the Education Officer, Catherine as well as use of the education room at Dixter Farm for lunch and as part of planned activities. As the garden is small, we usually accept a maximum of one class in a day, unless the garden is closed to the public or a special programme is planned. Accompanying adults are free of charge.

To book a visit or discuss your group’s needs, please contact Education Officer, Catherine Haydock: education@greatdixter.co.uk or tel: 01797 254048.