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School visits to Plantasia

We have a variety of tours and events that are available to schools throughout the year at Plantasia.

Group shot 1 education room
School shot walking 2
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Group shot 1 education room
School shot walking 2
Group monkey shot 2

Schools are welcome to come and do their own thing at Plantasia, have a general walk around or do sketching.

Alternatively, schools may choose to do one of the following tours/workshops, available in English and Welsh:

Guided Tours

10.30am - 11.15am

Tours are conducted by the staff who know the hothouse and its plants well. Tours can be slanted towards particular themes and may be adapted for all age groups.


*Animal Guided Tours
10.30am - 11.30am

Animal tours are conducted by our resident animal technicians. They look at what our animals and insects eat, how they are looked after and many other interesting facts. Do the cockroach challenge if you dare!


*Arts & Plants
10.00am - 12.00pm or 12.30pm - 2.30pm (1.5 hours for reception)

These practical art sessions, using the wonderful plants as inspiration, involve observational drawing that focuses on shape, pattern and texture.


*Felt Making
10.30am - 12.00pm or 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Felting is a fairly simple process, using wool without weaving or knitting. It lends itself superbly to coloured wall displays and felt panels can be abstract or pictorial.


*Arts & Animals
10.00am - 12.00pm or 12.30 - 2.30pm

Draw and make your own moveable animals with card, inspired by the real animals at Plantasia. Suitable for Year 1 onwards.


*Roots, Shoots, Flowers & Leaves

10.30am - 12.00pm or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Children will never forget the parts of the plant after discovering them inside the tropical hothouse. This workshop also focuses on the functions of the plant parts and the role of plants in the environment. The workshop ends with a fun activity in which the children can become roots and shoots themselves and work together to find food and water for their 'human plant'! Suitable for Year 1 onwards.


*Easy Peasy Seed Germination

10.30am - 12.00pm or 12.30pm - 2.00pm

What does a seed need to germinate? The children will set up a scientific investigation to answer this question by planting pea seeds in petri dishes in a variety of conditions. The children will measure the results, analyse the data and draw conclusions from the experiment.

This session also includes a talk on the needs of green plants which teachers can reinforce by taking the children into the hothouse.

Suitable for Year 2 onwards.


*Rainforest Workshops
10.30am - 11.15am

Based on our Education Officer's trip to the Amazon rainforest using her experience, slides and artefacts of Ecuador. The content will range from the plants, animals and people of this amazing region to the huge environmental issues that arise from its exploitation.

Suitable for Year 2 onwards.

Only available in English.


*Poetry at Plantasia

10.30am - 11.45am or 1.00pm - 2.15pm

The children and the tutor will read and discuss traditional poetry that has been written about plants and animals. The children will then go into the hothouse for inspiration to write a formal rhyming couplet.

There will be a short discussion about their couplets, in which the children will learn the importance of constructive feedback and drafting in the writing process. The rest of the workshop will focus on modern poetry, specifically 'cut-up' style poems. The children will seek out the wide range of words (and definitions) that have been hidden in the hothouse, and use them to create abstract poems.

Suitable for KS2.

Only available in English.


Cost

For schools doing their own thing the cost is £35 per class admission (35 pupils)

If schools choose a tour or workshop the cost is an additional £35 (plus class admission of £35 i.e. £70 total).

Tours or workshops are restricted to one class with a maximum of 35 pupils at a time.

The above includes a schoolroom available for lunch with prior booking.

*Workshops At your school (Swansea area only)

Plantasia staff can visit your school and deliver the above workshops marked*.

One class at a time max 35 pupils. Cost £75 per class.


How to Book

If you are interested in making a booking or would like further information please contact Maria Bowen on 01792 474555, or email maria.bowen@swansea.gov.uk


 

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