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KS2 Quests

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 characteristics

KS2 Garden Design Skills

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 Potting Shed Gardening Skills

Learn how to sow seeds and prick out seedlings in the authentic Potting Shed setting. Make recycled plant pots and discover how compost is made with a behind the scenes tour of the gardeners quarters. Find out how womeries are important for plants. 

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 evolution

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 cross-curricular extravaganza. 

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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