EYFS Teaching Session Menu


Teaching Sessions are delivered by expert Gardens’ staff and all are tailored to link to the National Curriculum.

Teaching sessions take place in our dedicated classrooms, but also public spaces including outside in the Gardens or within our Glasshouses. We venture out into the Gardens come rain or shine, so please ensure that everyone is appropriately dressed for all eventualities!


Animal Handling (duration: 40 minutes)

Take a look at our exciting and unique animal collection! You will have the opportunity to `get up close` with a range of exotic animals chosen from the following selection: Corn Snake, Yemen Chameleon, Bearded Dragon, Lesser Madagascan Tenrec, Giant African Olive Millipede, Fire Salamander, Giant African Land Snail, Peter’s Banded Skink, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and Sunny Stick Insect! Learn about the special adaptations that these creatures have developed and what habitat they live in, through close observation, together with the chance to handle them too! (Please see our Risk Assessment.) (We cannot guarantee the availability of any animal.)  Indoor session.

Senses Walk (duration: 40 minutes)

Enjoy time exploring our plant collection in a different way by exciting your senses! Explore the sights through a mirror walk, the smells through a smelly cocktail party and the textures with a group activity. Outdoor session.

Tree Fun (duration: 40 minutes)

The Gardens are home to trees from all around the world. Have fun naming and learning more about them in this sensory and craft-based session as we take the blindfold challenge to explore their different textures, and make bark rubbings and a leaf crown to take home as a memento of your visit. Outdoor session.

Minibeast Explorers (available spring to autumn) (duration: 40 minutes)

Using our bug hunting equipment, discover what minibeasts inhabit the Gardens. Are they insects? Do they have wings? How many eyes have they got? We will discover lots of exciting information about our mini friends!  Outdoor session.

Butterfly Lifecycle with Live Butterflies (available from late May to early September only) (duration: 40 minutes)

Learn all about beautiful butterflies; where in our live butterfly house, teaching comes alive. We first use our giant Velcro kit to understand the butterfly lifecycle and have children dress up as a caterpillar and a butterfly to reinforce their learning in an exciting and practical way. We then venture into the butterfly house to see them flying, drinking and maybe even hatching! Our friendly butterflies may even land on you! Indoor & Outdoor session.

EYFS National Curriculum links