Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 Teaching Session Menu

A UNIQUE LOCATION FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL TRIP, WHILST LINKING WITH THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM!

Teaching Sessions are delivered by expert Gardens’ staff and all are tailored to link to the new National Curriculum. But if you cannot see anything that matches your requirements, we will also be happy to design you something bespoke.

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 your students (and adults) are appropriately dressed for all eventualities!

New for 2020 – Photosynthesis, The Planet and Me (duration: 75 minutes)

What is photosynthesis and why should you care? Have your students learn all about photosynthesis, experience our Glasshouses to investigate how plants are especially adapted, and understand the important role we all play in the global process, in this fun and interactive session. Indoor & Glasshouse session.

Animal Handling (duration: 1 hour)

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, Panther Chameleon, Gargoyle Gecko, Bearded Dragon, Lesser Madagascan Tenrec, Fire Salamander, Giant Land Snail, Poisonous Dart Frog, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, Giant Millipede and 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! Risk Assessment. (We cannot guarantee the availability of any animal.) Indoor session.

Rainforest Challenge (duration: 75 minutes)

In small teams (maximum 6 teams per class), your pupils will have fun following the clues hidden in their backpacks to find out the names and information about our key rainforest plants. A plenary ends the session where your pupils will have the opportunity to investigate various rainforest seeds and products from the plants that they have discovered. Can your pupils work out the secret codeword? We recommend bringing plenty of drinking water for this session in the summer months. Indoor & Glasshouse session.

Gardens Tour (duration: 1 hour)

Explore all four corners of the Earth, without leaving Birmingham. Experience tranquillity in our Japanese Garden, admire the tallest tree species in the world in our Pinetum and wonder at the otherworldly plants found on the tundra. You can also marvel at our birds of the world collection in the beautiful Lawn Aviary and maybe bump into our free-roaming peacocks. (We can tailor your tour to any topic/theme.) Outdoor session.

Natural Art (duration: 1 hour)

This session will encourage your pupils to create natural pieces of artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. We will give you plenty of ideas before venturing out to create your own natural masterpieces in our outdoor ‘gallery’ so don’t forget your camera! Finish the session by making a natural postcard to take home as a memento of your visit to the beautiful gardens. Outdoor session.