Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol CymruNational Botanic Garden of WalesNational Botanic Garden of Wales

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 programmes are specially designed by us to support and enhance STEM learning, the Skills Framework and ESDGC through active learning experiences. We also have provision to support the Welsh Baccalaureate at different levels and teachers bringing self led groups. All of our programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of your group.

Key Stage 4 Programmes

Environmental Art

Create transient pieces of environmental art that help you think about the natural world and their place within it. Inspired by the work of artists such as Tim Pugh and Andy Goldsworthy, pupils will have the opportunity to design and construct a piece of art using natural, found materials from around the Garden. We encourage pupils and teachers to bring cameras to take pictures of these pieces and of other artwork around the Garden.

Lifecycle of Flowering Plants

Using microscopy and flower dissection explore the main stages in the lifecycle of flowering plants to include all aspects of pollination, fertilisation and germination. Follow the growth of the seedling plant, through vegetative stages to maturity, flower production, seed formation and dispersal.

Life in Ponds – Studying Freshwater Habitats

Investigate the interdependence of organisms by exploring our freshwater ecosystems. By collecting and identifying fresh water animals from our dipping pools, pupils will discover how different animals move, breath and feed. The information pupils collect, together with support material provided by us, will enable classes to return to school where they can construct food chains and webs, build up ecological pyramids and simple energy flow diagrams.

Pollution Indicators

This double programme uses a combination of abiotic and biotic factors to investigate air and water pollution. Pupils will measure water quality by taking pH, temperature, conductivity and 02 readings. They will learn about lichens and freshwater invertebrates as pollution indicators.

Ecological Field Studies

Using field study techniques such as random quadrat sampling and transects, pupils will use our Waun Las National Nature Reserve to investigate the differences in diversity of organic wildflower pastures compared with intensively farmed eutrophic meadows. This could include a comparison between terrestrial and fresh water ecosystems if required. The information they gather on the day will be backed up with support material for you to use back in the classroom at your school.

Field Safari

Based in one of our classrooms and on our National Nature Reserve and organic working farm, pupils will be introduced to key ecological words, shown how to sample and measure plants in the wild and how to find and identify animal signs. Pupils will also look at how different animals feed and how all living things are interdependent through food chain and food webs.

Plant Adaptations

Explore our Great Glass House, tropical house and ornamental gardens to find out how plants have adapted to survive in different climates.

Plants and Medicine Through Time

Find out about the history of medicine and the important role that plants have played in this. Pupils will discover the major cultural and scientific breakthroughs, from medieval times to modern day, that have led to cures for disease and a better understanding for the need to promote good health. Using the Physicians of Myddfai exhibition and Apothecary’s Hall and Garden, explore the development of medicine through time.

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 decisions count.

Green Technologies at the Garden

Pupils will be given opportunity to explore the sources of alternative energy that the Garden employs to minimise our environmental impact on planet Earth and take part in practical experimentation using alternative technologies to generate power. We will challenge pupils to consider what everyday choices they can make in school and at home to join us in trying to live more sustainably. The equipment that complement this programme was purchased with funding from the Institute of Physics Wales.

Fair Trade

What is it and why should we engage with it? 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’.

Food and Food Miles

This programme will raise pupil awareness of the local and global issues, both human and environmental, that affect the food we buy. Using the Garden’s economic plant collections, pupils will find out where and how their food is produced and will be provoked to think about the ethical and environmental choices open to them.

Grape Escape

Look at different aspects of the design process as you work as a team to make 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.

Leisure and Tourism

During this programme pupils will be given opportunity to study first hand one of Wales’ main tourist attractions. They will talk to staff, explore the facilities and interpretation and study marketing materials ahead of working in groups to design a marketing campaign for the Garden.

We are happy to offer these programmes whatever the weather but some do work best at certain times of the year. Give us a call for advice on planning your visit.

How to book a Key Stage 4 Programme

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