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Primary Sessions – Grounds & Gardens

Our workshops give children direct experience of our wonderful gardens and plant collections.  From hands-on activities in the Walled Garden to den-building, hunting for mini-beasts or following in the footsteps of the Victorian plant hunters, at Harewood we are all about learning in the great outdoors!

Although some workshops include a short indoor activity, we will be mainly outside so dress for the weather!

Discover Den Building

Test your class’ team-working skills and let your children be inspired by the outdoors, to make their own natural hide-away.  Discover new and imaginative ways to create shelters and dens using natural materials from the world around us.

Harewood focus:  Gardens
Curriculum links: PHSE, Design Technology

1.5 hour workshop

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)

Wild Wood

Harewood focus:  Gardens

Half-day

Curriculum links: Science, Geography

Learn about our native and non-native woodland, from the different types of trees at Harewood, the seasonal changes they undergo as part of their life-cycle and the different habitats they create for wildlife.  The session includes a minibeast hunt, tree identification and measuring as well as games and stories to engage your class.

1.5 hour workshop

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)

Full-day

Curriculum links: PHSE, Science, Geography, Art & Design, Design Technology

The workshop can be extended with an afternoon session focusing on either a creative or team-building activity.  Choose from den-building or using wood as material and inspiration for mindfulness and image-making.

3 hour workshop (with 30 minutes for lunch)

£9.00 per pupil (including admission)

Mini-beast Explorers

Learn all about the insects and bugs that go about their business in the trees, soil and undergrowth in our gardens.  We’ll identify the different creatures, habitats and micro-habitats as part of a mini-beast hunt, as well as considering habitats, seasonal changes and life-cycles.  In groups we’ll make mini-beast hotels in groups to encourage bug-life here at Harewood.

Curriculum links: Science, PHSE

1.5 hour workshop

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)

Vegetables and Edibles: A Year in the Garden

See a heritage garden in action and get hands-on with how food is grown.  We’ll be based in the Walled Garden discovering how vegetables grow and the types of plants we cultivate for food and a healthy diet.  Depending on the time of year, there’s always jobs to do in the garden, from sowing seeds to harvesting vegetables or picking fruit, so time to get stuck in!

Curriculum links: Science, Geography, PHSE

1.5 hour workshop

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)

The Great Plant Hunting Expedition

Become an explorer and develop your understanding of the natural world through scientific enquiry and observation.  Explore where in the world different plants originate and how they adapt to their environment.  We’ll be going on our own plant hunting expedition in the Himalayan Garden, following in the footsteps of the original Victorian plant hunters.

Curriculum links: Science, Geography, Art & Design

1.5 hour workshop

£7.00 per pupil (including admission)