School Workshops for All Ages
- Pond dipping (Habitat work): discover the amazing creatures that live in the pond, tally chart, drawing and observations of adaptations, cased caddis-fly larvae exploration: work in teams to create a "caddis fly case" for a child
- Mini-beast super heroes (Habitat work): Find out how mini beasts are like superheroes, search for mini beasts in our beautiful grounds, create your mini-beast hotel to take back to school
- Habitats and Elf Houses: Learn about where different creatures live in the garden and then work in groups to create homes for the garden elves
- Environmental art: Focussing on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, we look for patterns and shapes in nature and create art works from natural materials
- Native plants: Learn to identify some of the native Bristish plants that live in the garden
- Plants and growing seeds plus miniature gardens: Learn about the different parts of the plants, scavenger hunt, seed planting and and miniature gardens
- Rubbish, Recycling and Compost: Explore our wormery and compost bins, make useful things out of recycled materials
For Foundation Stage and KS1 only:
- Butterfly Magic: focus on colour in the garden and make a beautiful butterfly to take home
- Nature treasure hunt: hear the story of Scarpagon the Dragon and make a natural crown
- Oh no, it's a Gruffalo!! A full day or half day of Gruffalo themed activities
For KS2 only:
- Poetry: Writing nature inspired tanka poetry
- History and herbs: learn about the traditional uses of herbs
- Soils: explore different types of soil and their properties
- Map making: work in teams to create a map of the garden and explore our sculpture trail
Special autumn activities at SNCG
Autumn is an ideal time to visit. The garden is especially beautiful during September and October, with many plants still in bloom, the trees and bushes full of fruit, lots of fallen leaves to get creative with and many vegetables ready to harvest. Get excited about Christmas using natural materials found in the garden
Very Berry Fun (available September only): Explore the garden, pick some of our delicious soft fruit and make your own juice and try painting with natural pigments
Willow Craft: Design and build Christmas decorations using natural materials. Make a star, a wreath or an angel from our home grown willow.
Stick Man Activities: Have an adventure with sticks and get excited about Christmas. For EYFS and Keystage 1
Hegdehogs, Hibernation and Bonfires: Learn how to make a hedgehog hibernation house and how to cook on a fire outside
Learn about seasonal change in 3 half days for the price of 2. Visit the garden each term for plant identification, music, art and games.
Autumn: Fruits and seeds: Naming parts of the plant, sticky seed scavenger hunt, apple picking, aple tree art, Vivaldi's "autumn"
Winter: Dormancy, apple tree song, charcoal art, Vivaldi's "winter" (cooking marshmallows on fire also a possibility!)
Spring or summer: Flowers and pollination, honey bee challenge, Viavldi's "spring" or "Summer"
How it works:
Half-day £150 Full day £210
*** All subsidized visits funded through People's Postcode Lottery and LEAF have now been taken so visits will be charged at full price for the rest of the school year.
Comment from teachers
"Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Scotswood and how impressed all of the staff were with your work. The children were truly inspired and have written some lovely letters, stories and newspapers as a result."
"We have had a brilliant, fun packed day... helped the children to develop their exploratory skills".
“We had a wonderful visit to Scotswood. The visit was so well organised and the activities were interesting and exciting for adults and children alike. One of our best trips in reception, I will be recommending it to everyone in school.”
“Kids had an amazing time – it’s rare they get to spend so much time exploring outside. We’d definitely recommend to others”.