Garden Exploration


This gardening activity will cover various differing aspects depending on the season. students will learn about the wildlife living in the garden at Fairplay House and how we can help to look after them, by making bird feeders and bug hotels. Discussing how gardens are created on both large and small scales and having the opportunity to draw a layout of a garden. We will also paint an insect themed garden stone. Vegetable growing in small spaces will be explored and after discussing and viewing some example students will decorate and make their own recycled plant container. A seasonal vegetable/herb/plant will be planted to take home.

Core Values


Learning how to nurture, have patience and respect for living things, Safe place for risk and normalise small setbacks.

Team Work

Gardening together for positive human relationships and social skills, Growing their own food together can lead to a healthy fruit and vegetable lifestyle.


A Gardening experience is the perfect learning tool for students to achieve success which helps to regular emotions, improve focus, concentratin and has been shown to reduce stress.

National Curriculum Links:


Gardening journal, scrap book and poems.


Collecting rainfall measurements, measuring plant heights.


Creating habitats for wildlife and observing the results, recording weather observations, photosynthesis.


Studying the water cycle, making a simple map of the garden.

PSHE & Citizenship

Carry out sustainable activities i.e. rainwater collection, composting, recycling. Develop ideas for community/school involvement at home.

Art & Design

Creating recycled plant pots, designing a small space garden.

Physical Ed

Getting exercise in the great outdoors, learning about fruit and vegetables alongside healthy eating.


How has gardening changed through history, gardening and medicine, dig for victory WW2, using gardening to make dyes.

We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Rake, hose, spade, pots, garden fork, watering can, seeds, compost, trowel, birdfeeders, secateurs, aerate, brassica, biennial, cold frame, greenhouse, crop rotation, cutting, dead heading, fertiliser, furrow, shovel, wheelbarrow.

Activity Passport Links:

You can complete 5 achievements with this activity.

Become a nature detective

Start a vegetable patch

Make a home for an insenct or small creature

Make a daisy chain

Plant some bulbs

National Trust Links:

Find some funky fungi

Make friends with a bug

Make a home for an insect or small creature

Make a daisy chain

Take a friend on a nature adventure

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