Key Stage 2

Our Key Stage 2 programmes are specially designed by us to support and enhance STEM learning, the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and ESDGC through active learning experiences. All of our courses can be adapted to suit the needs of your group.

Key Stage 2 Programmes

Life Cycle of Flowering Plants

Find out about seed dispersal, germination, pollination and fertilisation and what is needed for each of these processes.


Explore the habitats of some of the creatures that live in the Garden; find out about where they live, who eats what and how to identify them.

Life in Ponds

Come pond dipping with us to find out about the complex ecosystem of our ponds. Learn about food chains and habitats and how to look after a pond.

Wonderful Woodlands

In this introduction to ecology use a Welsh woodland habitat to identify plants, study food chains and look at the similarities and differences between all living things.


Visit our Tropical House to discover what it might be like in a Tropical Rainforest. Learn how plants are adapted to live there, what products we all use that come from rainforests and about how important these ancient ecosystems are to us all. This programme is an ideal introduction to the topic and brings alive the subject for pupils and discusses how we might protect rainforests for the future.

Bee Aware

Learn about the honey bee and how a hive thrives. Explore the vital role played by bees in plant life cycles and food production, what threatens them and what we can do to help these amazing creatures.

Rocks and Soils

Discover why and how we need to look after our soil and why soils from different places are different colours, collect ingredients on a garden trail and use them to make your own soil and group soils using the dirty hands test.

Crazy Chemistry

Visit our lab and investigate how water can exist as a liquid, solid or gas and find different processes to change these states by conducting a range of fair tests.

Plants in Medicine

Explore the history of the use of plants in medicine from Hypocrates to the Physicians of Myddfai to the modern day. Discover key points in time for the development of medicines, the importance of weights and measures and the links between myths and modern science.

The Allotment – Growing for Success

Plan for success in the school allotment year after year; learn how to make successful compost and use it to its best advantage, what the different groups of vegetables are and how to use them in a basic crop rotation system as well as how to deal with pests. Learn good horticultural techniques such as successful seed sowing and seedling transplanting.

What on Earth is Sustainability?

This challenging workshop explores the different aspects of sustainability, the issues we need to engage with and how we can all make a difference to our sustainable future. It emphasises with pupils that their every day decisions count.

Fair Trade

Using the plant collections of the Garden, this challenging workshop links the producer with the consumer and deals with issues such as inequality, global markets and consumer power. This actively explores the concept of ‘Think Global, Act Local’.

Waste and Recycling

Come and learn the pros and cons of recycling waste. Learn about how it happens and some even more sustainable alternatives. Cement this learning by making a musical instrument out of junk to take back to school.

The World in a Welsh Cake

Take a look at traditional foods of Wales such as Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith then find out where the ingredients come from and how far they have travelled.


Use role play and different areas of the Botanic Garden to create an island on which pupils will be challenged to find water, make a shelter and a fire in order to survive whilst waiting to be rescued. It discusses how ‘salvaged’ items may be useful and what food sources are around to increase their chances of survival.

Earth Walks

Through challenging games and activities children use their senses to explore the natural environment. This is ideal to build literacy skills and self esteem. Earth walks have been used throughout the UK, Europe and the US to help children understand the wonders of nature.

Grape Escape

Design and build a raft using only natural materials found at the Garden that will carry a grape down the 200 metre Rill and save it from being juiced. This practical and fun workshop will enable pupils to work together to make and test their designs.

Seasonal Programmes

Christmas Cake Food Miles

Find out how far your Christmas food ingredients have travelled. Discover their origins and connections with plants from all over the world. Think about the environmental impact of food miles and the options for fair trading by taking part in activities and games.

End of year Summer Trip

Celebrate summer with your year group or whole school. We can help you plan a fun, self-led day at the Garden including ‘Back to Nature’ and team building activities.

How to book a Key Stage 2 Programme

Please contact Kay in the Education Department to enquire about or book a visit.