Kirknewton Primary School

Primary 1 visits the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens


Primary 1 received a letter in the post from a bear named Edward – he invited us to visit him at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

We travelled by bus and met our helper Julie but when we got to the hut Edward was no where to be seen! He had left us a challenge – To learn about SWAF and find out about what animals need to survive (Shelter, Water, Air and Food).

First we played a game where each bear had to find all that he needed to survive – each child had a different band to represent shelter, water, air and food.

Then we found another letter from Edward – we had to look for his paw prints clues and answer questions about SWAF.

Next we had to be colour detectives in Edward and Julies favourite flower patch.  We were given coloured swatches and had to find the exact same colour and shade.

When we went back to the yurt we got a big surprise – Edward and our teddies had made us a big Teddy Bears Picnic!

We had such fun eating our lunch together!

After lunch we learned all about what happens when we cut down trees.  If there are no trees then there is no SWAF for animals in the wild.

We also learned about why it is important to just sit quietly and listen sometimes.  We learned where our veil of silence is kept (ask us all about it) and talked about what we could hear and see when we are quiet.

Finally we had to work in groups to create our own animal island home that had all the elements of SWAF.

We collected items from all around the gardens and made sure that we provided everything an animal might need.  Here are our finished islands:

Finally we headed back to our bus after a long, tiring but fun day!  Our teachers were very proud of how well we listened and followed instructions.

Thank you so much to Mrs Walkingshaw, Mrs Brownlee and Natan’s daddy for coming with us.  We had a fantastic day!

If you have a favourite part of this trip please make a comment to let us know!



  1. Thank you so much. It looks like an amazing day out! Jamie loved it! 😃

  2. it looks so fun i hope you enjoyed it

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