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SCHOOL SESSION

Plants, painting and potions

Children in the Physic Garden
Children in the Physic Garden ©
  • Next event: Tuesday, 16 Apr 2024
    Daily (Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 - Friday, 28 Jun 2024)
  • Early Level, First Level
  • Health and wellbeing, Social Studies
  • Almost 900 years ago a community of canons lived in Holyrood Abbey.

    During this outdoor learning session children will hear how the canons had many jobs! The canons were like teachers; showing others how to read and write, they were like farmers; growing flowers, herbs and vegetables, and they were like doctors; making medicines to heal others. Children will then make their way to the Physic Garden where they will have a go at some of these important jobs. They will use quills and traditional charcoal ink to make marks as well as explore the garden with their senses and gather flowers, leaves and twigs to make their own special potion!

    Visit includes access to: Holyrood Abbey*, the Physic Garden and Abbey Strand Learning Centre.

    *Please be aware that Holyrood Abbey is undergoing essential maintenance so some areas are currently closed.

    Facilitated session lasts: 1 hour

    Curriculum for Excellence Experience and Outcomes

    Early Level

    I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me. SOC 0-04a

    I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health. HWB 0-15a

    I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible. HWB 0-16a

    Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society. HWB 0-12a

    First Level

    I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 1-04a

    I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health. HWB 1-15a

    I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible. HWB 1-16a

    Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society. HWB 1-12a

  • Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

    You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

  • A lunch room is available for booked groups in the Learning Rooms.  

  • To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

    Please have to hand:

    • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
    • Numbers of children and supervising adults
    • The taught programme you would like
    • Details of any special educational or access needs

    You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

    Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

    Contact us

    Learning Bookings Team
    Ticket Sales and Information Office
    Buckingham Palace
    London SW1A 1AA

    T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
    F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
    [email protected]

    Sharing Learning Objectives

    You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements.

    Planning Visits

    Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

    Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

  • Reduced-rate admission for school groups

    Most of our Palace schools sessions are £3 per pupil. Children in P1 and below are FREE.  Please see individual sessions for details.

    Accompanying adults

    One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

    Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
    P1 – P4 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
    P5 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

    Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

    All online workshops: £35 per class attending a booked session. 

  • Following your booking a confirmation letter, with an agreed arrival time, will be sent to you; your letter serves as a ticket for your group. The group leader must have a copy of the confirmation letter to present on arrival.

    The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

    • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
    • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
    • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section will provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.