The Outdoor Schoolroom: enhance science and literacy

Onsite: £100 (1.5 hour session)

Children have the opportunity to explore a range of herbs and plants in the Museum of English Rural Life’s fabulous garden. Through activities such as story-telling, role-play, and craft and science activities, children will understand the properties and uses of plants in our idyllic garden in urban Reading.

Notes for teachers:

  • Suitable for Key Stage 1
  • Adaptable for Key Stage 2
  • Adaptable for SEN groups
  • Large urban garden with a wide range of plant life to investigate and compare
  • Explore seasonal changes
  • A chance to investigate change and continuity using real objects from the period
  • Develop historical vocabulary

Curriculum links:


  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants 
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants. 
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made 
  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials 
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials 


  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge 
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions 


  • Introduces students to the different common wild and garden plants found in the garden at the museum. 
  • Offers students hands on learning opportunities and different ways of recording their learning (oral work, art work, annotated photography etc) to share with others. 

Bookings and Enquiries

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