School visits

schvisitEducational visits for all Key Stages (and EYFS) can be arranged to suit a wide range of Garden related topics and the needs of your students. With this ‘tailor-made’ approach, we can provide you and your class with a unique, valuable and affordable educational experience from £4 per student. To view a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here. More information is available at how to book a school visit.

School visits for this academic year are now fully booked.  Booking is now available for the Autumn Term 2014. For more information you might like to attend one of our Teachers’ Evenings


 

Learning Topics

A typical educational visit can include a selection of the topics listed below and is usually cross-curricular. All visits tend to include a general tour of the Garden and glasshouses, self-led activities, botanical art and artefact handling and the opportunity for each student to plant a seed and take it away. We can also help you to create personalised workshops, so please contact us if your chosen topic is not mentioned below.

Frequently requested Key Stage 1 topics:

  • boydrawingleafProperties of materials
  • Plant & animal lifecycles
  • Plant requirements and care of plants
  • Seeds and seed dispersal
  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants in the local environment
  • Patterns, shapes and sizes – variety
  • Plants and us
  • Rainforests
  • Pond natural history
  • Compost – invertebrates and decomposition
  • The senses

Frequently requested Key Stage 2 topics:

  • plantartefactsPlant adaptations
  • Terrestrial & aquatic food chains
  • Improving the environment/citizenship
  • Art
  • Numeracy & literacy in the landscape
  • Design and technology
  • Plant & animal lifecycles
  • Flower  dissection
  • Pollution and how to monitor it
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Plants and us
  • History (plant hunters, traditional uses of plants, garden history)
  • Flowering, pollination, seed dispersal, germination & growth
  • SATs revision
  • Plants and medicine
  • Ecology – pond, compost, plant
  • Micro-organisms
  • Climate change

Topics for secondary schools and colleges:

  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Citizenship
  • Medicinal plants and plant poisons
  • History
  • Science
  • Design & Technology (and bio-mimicry)
  • Literacy
  • Maths in nature
  • Photography
  • Dyes – a practical workshop
  • Botanical Latin
  • Climate Change
  • Forensic biology

Booking a visit

Bookings for school visits can be made for Mondays to Fridays during school hours. Visits can be for a whole day (typically 10am-2.30pm) or for half a day (10am-12pm/12.30pm-2.30pm). Lunches can be eaten in our classroom or, on fine days, outdoors on the Lawn. To book a visit, please call the Education Department on 020 7349 6453; fax: 020 7376 3910; Email: education@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk Please note: please book early for your chosen school date as available slots fill up quickly and well in advance.

Half Day
Full Day
Primary Schools
£4 per student*
£5.25 per student*
Secondary Schools
£5 per student
£6 per student
Outreach Package  Where we visit your school with a conditional follow-up visit to the Garden (not included in this price)
£150
£300
Teacher Training (CPD)
£45 per teacher
£90 per teacher
*Minimum charge is for 20 students

Please note: Teachers are required to come for a preliminary visit to see the Garden, discuss the activities, make sure they fit the chosen topic(s) and to see the layout of the Garden and its facilities before making a booking. To see a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here, and note that we are flexible and can tailor a day to your requirements. A Risk Assessment for educational visits can be downloaded here (Word doc/51Kb)


Teachers’ Evenings

It is also possible to  familiarise yourself with the Garden and our learning facilities at one of our Teachers’ Evenings which will be held on: Thursday 20 March 2014, 4-6.15pm Wednesday 18 June 2014, 4-6.15pm Thursday 18 September 2014, 4-6.15pm

Join us for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Garden and education facilities. Perfect for those wanting to find out why this is a perfect place for a school or college trip. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions about creating your bespoke visit and what is involved. Drinks and nibbles will be available. This is a free event, but booking is required: education@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk or 020 7349 6453


Outreach Package for schools and colleges

Would you like us to visit your school with an assortment of plants, artefacts, animals and other resources? The Education Department can now come to your school to speak at assemblies and run tailor-made workshops throughout the day. The topics we have already taught in this way are: Plants that poison and cure, 17th Century medicine, Shelf Life, Animals and plants in the local environment, ‘Literacy in the landscape’, Materials, Olympic Plant Wreaths. This Outreach Package is conditional of at least one follow-up visit to Chelsea Physic Garden and fees are £300 for a full day and £150 for a half day.  For more information, or to book, please call 020 7349 6453; Fax: 020 7376 3910; Email:education@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

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