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KS1 Treks

A range of themed guided programmes designed for Key Stage 1 pupils and led by our experienced Rangers. All KS1 treks last for about 2 hours and are linked to the National Curriculum. 

KS1 Plant Hunters World Trek

You will be Plant Hunters who travel 'the world' to seek out new plants. Did you know that some of our common garden plants came from other countries? How did these plants get to Britain?  By observing closely, sometimes using simple equipment (like hand-lenses) you will be able to focus on colours, textures, shapes and forms of plants, comparing and contrasting your finds. Pond dipping and/or Mini-beast hunting can be built into your trek.

Y1 - Learn about plant structure and have a chance to identify common wild and garden plants including deciduous and coniferous trees as well as bulbs and flowers 

Y2 - Learn about how seeds and bulbs into mature plants; find out how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

KS1 Animal Trek

Become zoologists on a safari around the gardens. On this trek, you will look out for animals including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Through observations and games, find out more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Pond-dipping and mini-beast hunts can be included. 

 Y1 - Identify and name common animals which could include fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, depending on what you discover of your trek; identify animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

 Y2 - Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive; identify animals and plants in habitats (including micro-habitats) and describe the basic needs of different kinds of animals and their dependencies; simple food chains
KS1 Seasonal Weather Welly Trek

Become weather scientists looking for natural indicators around the gardens that tell you spring, summer, autumn or winter has arrived. Find out about the Ness weather station and make simple measurements on your trek. Discover the big solar panels that generate energy for our Visitor Centre.  When you return to school you could present your findings to the class using images taken on your visit, write a weather report or design a weather map. We would love to publish some of your weather and seasonal discoveries on our website!

Y1 - Observe seasonal changes including plant growth and animal activity clues; observe and describe the weather on your visit and maybe get the opportunity to discover more about day length.   


KS1 Sustainability Trek

Solar panels, vegetable gardens, composting, aquaponics (how fish poo can make food), wildlife habitats - Ness Botanic Gardens has plenty of sustainable operations to discover on a garden tour. How many can you spot? What sustainability advice would you give people back at school or at home? Lots of important questions will be raised on the journey. This quest is a cross-curricular extravaganza. 

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