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The Garden Museum aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the science of plants,  linked to the national curriculum and catering for students with a range of abilities. 

Our Clore Learning Space is a dedicated classroom within the museum that can accommodate 30 pupils.

We offer bespoke plant science sessions at the Garden Museum to meet the individual requirements of Secondary Schools that are curriculum linked. The Garden Museum is able to provide equipment for all practical experiments.

Our dedicated Science Learning Officer works closely with schools to develop interesting, informative and engaging activities  that teach the plant science component of Biology across key stage 3, 4 and 5.

The Garden Museum also offers Easter GCSE revision sessions that supplement revision sessions held at school.

Please contact samia@gardenmuseum.org.uk  for further information.

Reproduction in flowering plants

An investigation into the plant parts used in the reproductive process. Looking at the fascinating world of pollination and methods of seed dispersal.

These sessions include pupils dissecting a range of flowers to gain an in depth understanding of the structures within plants which are involved in reproduction. We will also examine the differing methods of seed dispersal used by plants with pupils undertaking practical demonstrations of seed dispersal to help further their understanding.

Season depending, we will use flowers and plants and from our own Garden.

Adapted to KS3 and KS4.

Plant Disease and Control

What are the causes of plant disease? How do we identify the different forms of diseases in plants? Why is it important to control plant disease?

Pupils will learn about the causes of plant disease and how the symptoms are identified and treated. Why it is economically important to control pest and pathogen infestation in commercial crops and how if unchecked it could affect foods we all rely on.

Pupils will explore our gardens to look for plants affected by different types of pest and pathogens which will be examined in our classroom using hand lenses and microscopes. A hands-on session that examines examples of plant disease and the treatments used which will also use artefacts in the Garden Museum collection.

KS4 session.

Carnivorous plants

The meat eaters of the plant kingdom. How have they evolved and adapted to their environments? Why do they have different nutritional requirements to other plants?

An examination of the structure of these plants with a practical that re-creates Darwin’s seminal investigation to understand how they work, trap and digest their prey.

How do they avoid attack and protect themselves? How are they pollinated?

We will also look at the variety of leaf adaptation which enables prey to be attracted and then ultimately consumed.

Adapted to KS3, KS4 and KS5

Biotechnology and Fungi

Drawing on inspiration from The state of the World’s Fungi report in 2018, pupils decide whether Fungi merit a separate Kingdom.

Looking at the role of fungi in food development and production.

How is it used to make the foods we rely on at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  What features makes fungi special in the food production process and in our diets?

How is it developed, grown and harvested for commercial use? The session will involve a practical handling fungi.

Adapted to KS3 and KS4.

Fungi and disease

In this session the Garden Museum team will help pupils to understand the role of fungi in plant and human disease.

How does a  fungus attack plants? Is it a similar mode of attack on  humans?

We will use case studies of plants, fruit and vegetables collected from our own gardens for pupils to examine and to understand the process in detail. We aim to help attendees understand the nature of fungal infection and associated symptoms.

Adapted to KS3 and KS4.

Solar Powered Plants

The magic of leaves and light examined in detail by extracting plant pigments from leaves using the technique of chromatography.

Pupils can choose leaves from our garden to examine under the microscope to see how leaves are adapted for the process of photosynthesis.

Observing and comparing the variation in  the number of stomata  from a range of leaves.

Technique of chromatography  used to isolate plant pigments and the relevance to photosynthesis.

Adapted to KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Plant Adaptation

Looking at adaptation of plants to physical conditions in different ecosystems to ensure survival and success.

The focus of the session will be on a number of different plants planted in the Sackler garden.Examination will be made of leaf structure, shape and adaptation to the environmental factors that could  limit plant growth.

Pupils will by the end of the session design  the ultimate plant for the  end of the 21st century that could survive climate change.

Adapted to KS3 and KS4

Required Practicals

Required practicals for GCSE Biology can be undertaken at the Garden Museum.
We have had great success with RP 6: Investigating the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis using pondweed.

RP 3-Osmosis

RP 9- Field investigations. This can be performed in nearby Paradise gardens where we have a meadow.

More sessions are currently in development....

Importance of grasses as edible crops
Plant hunters of the past,present and future
Case studies on fruit and vegetable growing and harvesting

Please contact Samia@gardenmuseum.org.uk for further information

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