A range of themed guided programmes designed
especially for Key Stage 2 pupils and led by our experienced
Rangers. All KS2 quests last for two hours and are linked to
the National Curriculum.
KS2 Plant and Pollinator Quest
Go on a fascinating journey around Ness Botanic Gardens to
discover more about plant types and structures. You will get the
opportunity to seek for and and identify pollinators, as well as
finding out about how important they really are. Historically,
plant hunters travelled world-wide to find plants to bring back to
Britain, changing the look of our own domestic gardens over time.
Find out a little about these intrepid explorers too as you travel
around the 'the world' at Ness.
Y3 - Identify and describe the functions of
different parts of flowering plants; roots, stem/trunk, leaves
and flowers; explore the requirements of plant life and
discover plants that grow in different conditions; explore the part
that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including
pollination and seed dispersal
KS2 Classic Animal and Plant Quest
You are taxonomists. A problem solving and investigative
excursion to emphasise the importance of animal and plant
classification. What's that and how do we know? Why does it
live there? How does it survive? Why do we need to know what it is?
Examine plant and animal features carefully using keys and other
information. Pond dipping and/or mini-beast hunting can be
included on your observational quest. Learn about aquaponics - how
fish poo can make food!
Y4 - recognise that things can be grouped in a
variety of ways; explore and use classification keys to help group
and identify and name a variety of living things in the
environment; recognise that environments can change and this can
sometimes pose dangers to living things; food chains - identifying
producers, predators and prey
Y6 - Describe how living things are classified
into broad groups according to common observable characteristics
based on similarities and differences including plants and animals;
give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific
KS2 Garden Design Quest
You are landscape designers using maths, science, geography,
art, design, and team skills to help you devise an award winning
design! This quest provides opportunities to identify and
measure plants, consider environmental conditions, scrutinise
shapes, colours, textures planting schemes and much more. Take all
your findings back to school to design your award-winning garden.
What will you include in your design - trees and shrubs, different
types and shapes of flower borders, wildlife areas, vegetable
plots, garden furniture, picnic spaces, play areas, paths?
KS2 Time Travellers Evolution Quest
You are time travellers who have stepped back a few million
years to the start of life on Earth. Be amazed at the sheer
diversity of plants that have evolved since that day by taking this
investigative quest which zooms you forward to the present day.
Discover, indentify and order an amazing array of plants. We hope
that you will never think about plants in the same way again.
Y6 - recognise that plants have changed
over time; recognise that living things produce offspring of the
same kind , but normally offspring vary and are not identical to
their parents; identify how plants are adapted to suit
their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to
KS2 Sustainability Quest
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
Y4 - Recognise that environments can change and
that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
Y4 - Explore examples of human impact (both
positive and negative) on environments. Describe and understand key
aspects of human geography, including ways of using natural
resources, and settlements and land use.
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