Key Stage 2

Programme: Key Stage 2

Garden detectives

Using vegetables as a starting point pupils find out about plant parts, their purpose and the ingredients and conditions that are necessary for healthy plant growth. This session includes an activity walk looking at the diversity of plants at Great Dixter, with plenty of activities and games to get young minds going, as well as a chance to plant some vegetables in our learning garden- and plant a seed to take home.  This session includes and a seasonal cooking activity, where the children will be able to prepare and taste a snack using fruit or vegetables grown in the teaching garden.

National Curriculum:

Science Sc1 (Scientific enquiry) 1a, 1b. Science Sc2 (Life processes and living things) 1b, 1c, 3a-d
Design and Technology, 1a-d, 2a-f, 3 a-c, 4ab, 5a-b

Suitable for: Year 3-4

When: April-October.

Cost: £6.50 per child

Habitat explorer day

Using the rich and diverse landscapes available at Great Dixter including our ancient coppiced woodland, dipping pond and rich biodiverse meadow, pupils will explore and compare a range of local habitats, investigating the plants and animals present. They will use keys for identification and record results, investigate food chains  and make their own keys.

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum:

Science Sc1 (Scientific enquiry) 2i-m, Science Sc2 (Life processes and living things) 4a-c, 5a-f

Suitable for: Years 3-6

When: April-October.

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 cutouts 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum:

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

Suitable for: Year 2 and above

When: Any time of year.

Cost: £7.00 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 have a go at 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.

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: Year 3-6

When: Any time of year.

Cost: £5.50 per child

Perfect pollinators and dynamic dispersal

Come on a journey to discover how the plants in the garden at Great Dixter make their seeds- from beautiful blooms to sneezy conifer pollen and grasses- and how seeds disperse away from their parents to have all the resources they need to germinate and survive. This outdoor activity looks at the details and methods of pollination and how seeds disperse and germinate- the lifecycle of a plant and will involve an arty afternoon looking closely at pollen.

National Curriculum:

Science Sc2 Life processes and living things 1b, 1c, 3a-d
Art and Design: 1a-c, 2a-c, 5a-c

Suitable for: Year 5-6

When: April-October.

Cost: £5.50 per child

 

Habitat experts: interdependence and food chains

Using the rich and diverse landscapes available at Great Dixter including our ancient coppiced woodland, dipping pond and rich biodiverse meadow, this activity looks closer at plants and animals in the environment, how they are adapted to local conditions, predator-prey adaptations and how animals and plants can be put into food chains to explain their feeding relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum:

Science Sc1 Scientific enquiry 2j-m. Science Sc2 Life processes and living things 4a-c, 5a-f

Suitable for: Year 6

When: April to October.

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.

National Curriculum:

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

Suitable for: Year 2 and above

When: Any time of year.

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, visits are usually limited to a maximum of one class per day, unless the garden is closed or a bespoke day has been 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.