We are now taking school bookings for Autumn term 2022 – contact us or fill in the form below – scroll down. If you are interested in an outreach activity at your school or in a green space local to you, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you. Hear more about how we run our school visits in our recent Podcast for ‘Knowing Nature’.
We continue to run school holiday activities for families, in our garden or online, as permitted – see our Events page.
We continue to develop online activity sheets & videos for parents & teachers to use with their children, on the topics of our curriculum-related programmes – see below.
These resources are free of charge, but we appreciate your support, so please use the Donate button on this page to make a donation if you can – thank you.
Please note all of our resources are copyrighted and cannot be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcast adapted, altered or transmitted in any way except for your own personal non-commercial use. © https://www.slbi.org.uk/copyright
A series of resources all about seeds – for our ‘Botany on Your Plate’ project, which was funded by City Bridge Trust:
- Seeds we can eat (Year 1)
- The Wonderful World of Seeds (Year 2)
- Eat your Greens! (Year 3) – plus video on growing microgreens.
- The Edible Oil Palm Tree (Year 4)
- The Spice of Life (Year 5)
- Save the Seeds (Year 6)
For our school visits, we usually have eight programmes available, so have developed resource sheets specifically to match them all, for parents/teachers to use themselves:
- Getting to know your plants throughout the seasons (Key stage 1, year 1)
- Online resource sheet – I Spy Signs of Spring
- Your 5 a day – Your senses (Key stage 1, year 1)
- Online resource sheet – Senses
- Habitats (Key stage 1, year 2)
- Online resource sheet – Food chains
- How does our food grow? (Key stage 1, year 2)
- Online resource sheet – How does our food grow
- The amazing world of food plants (Key stage 2, year 3)
- Online resource sheet – Edible plants
- Online resource sheet – Liquorice (a Year 3 reading comprehension)
- Unlock the plant world (Key stage 2, year 4)
- Online resource sheet – Flower press
- From seed to seed: The fascinating world of plant reproduction (Key stage 2, year 5)
- Online resource sheet – Pollination and Dissecting a flower
- Plants have families too (Key stage 2, year 6)
- Online resource sheets – Plant Classification 1 & Plant Classification 2
And here are the ANSWERS! SLBI Resources – Answer sheet
Other useful worksheets and videos on all sorts of exciting plants, gardening, botany and the environment, developed recently:
- Make Wildflower Seed Bombs this school holiday!
- Companions: Plants that help Plants – for National Gardening Week, 2021
- Chocolate Crossword – for Easter 2021
- World Book Day, 4 March 2021 – Top 10 Plant Books for Children. See the video of Sarah showing you the 10 books too!
- Pancake Day Quiz 2021! – if you were unable to join us for the live event, use this to do it with your school class or family!
- Big Botanical Scavenger Hunt (click to download)
- Make your own origami paper pots! (click for link to Facebook video)
- Take rosemary cuttings! (click for link to Facebook video)
- Make your own compost jars! (click for link to Facebook video)
- Kitchen scrap gardening – grow more food from scraps! (click for link to Facebook video, and see below for Chatterbox mentioned)
- SLBI Chatterbox on Edible Plants (mentioned in Kitchen Scraps video above)
- Plants under the microscope (resource sheet for all ages)
- Earth Day, 22 April 2020 – ideas for climate action to help our precious planet
- Big Botanical Summer! (Downloadable Trail) – featuring the SLBI and other local green spaces (suitable for those aged 7-13)
- Autumn tree fruits & seeds (click for link to Facebook video, and see below for Activity Sheet mentioned)
- Autumnal tree fruits and seeds (related to video above)
- Black Botanists, Past & Present (Powerpoint Presentation) with Teaching Notes linked to Black History Month, Oct 2020
- Winter twig identification challenge! See our handy Winter Twig ID sheet and video (click for link to Facebook). And here are the Answers (don’t cheat!).
- Wondering about the leaf on our SLBI logo? Read more here about the amazing Ginkgo biloba!
- Coming soon! Food, Farming & Environment Quiz – shown online as part of National Youth Climate Summit, Nov 2020 (Key Stage 2 – Years 4-6)
Looking for more things to do in nature? See the Eco Attractions Nature Play List and Project Pollinate Activities produced by the Eco Attractions Group. We’re part of the group and feature on the Play List and in the Bee-friendly activities!
Information for school visits 2022
We offer plant and outdoor education with a difference in a unique setting right on your school’s doorstep.
We have a range of inspirational programmes to match the requirements of the national curriculum for key stages 1 and 2 – please see ‘Our Programmes’ – or we can create tailor made sessions for your class.
All our sessions are interactive and hands-on, encouraging and enthusing children to explore plants by working scientifically, in addition to a variety of creative and playful activities. We run 2 hour sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and take school groups of up to 30 children at a time (subject to Covid regulations – please check with us for the latest). Fee: £120 per group inclusive of booking and admin fees.
Lunches: Due to the setting and available space, we recommend a packed lunch be taken in nearby Brockwell Park, either on the way to or from the Institute. We cannot currently accommodate lunches, though hope to be able to do this again at some point, on bad weather days.
Cancellations: Any bookings cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit date will be charged at the full price.
Please note, you are not guaranteed a booking until we have received the completed booking form.
We are grateful to Lambeth Social Value Fund for their support of our work with schools this year.
Comments from teachers
‘Brilliant visit – a lovely place and a great range of activities. We especially enjoyed the atmosphere in the building and garden’
‘Children were engaged and are buzzing with new information’
‘Very interesting, child friendly and relevant’
‘I didn’t know what to expect, but it was brilliant, really good fun. I’d had no idea’
Quotes from visiting children
‘This is the best trip ever!’
‘I learned that there is a chocolate tree’
‘I discovered that some leaves are round’
‘I saw a seed that was so hairy, it was cool’
Family activities for school holidays
The SLBI also organises activities for children during school holidays and half-terms (when Covid permits) – please see our Events page. Please also use the resources above with your children at home or on your walks.