3-5 yrs old
6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Climate & Environment
Explore Belfast's Botanic Gardens, Tropical Ravine and Palm House and learn about the history of the park and lots of cool plant-life facts!
November 14, 2018
The Tropical Ravine
The Tropical Ravine Restoration Project
Tropical Ravine Video Tour
CCEA Learning Outdoors
TROPICAL RAVINE WORLD .mcworld file
This is the Minecraft world file you must download to access the lesson.
• History of Botanic Gardens, What is the Tropical Ravine and Palm House? Why where they created?
• What else is living? – Living things can be sorted into plants and animals
• To be aware that there are plants and animals from other parts of the world.
• How do living things survive? - Different plants need different environments
• What is beyond my world? How weather is different in different places and can have an impact on living things.
Key Stage 1 Level
• There is a variety of plant and animal life in the world
• Recognize that there are different environments in which plants and animals can live together.
• Be aware of the ways some people use the environment every day
• Recognize the changes people have made to the environment over time.
• Be aware of how people used plants and animals in the past for survival. (Minecraft survival mode is great for this)
• Think of the many different products that have been created from plants.
Key Stage 2 Level
• How living things rely on each other within the natural world- learn about the variety of different things and the conditions necessary for their growth and survival.
• Learn about the interrelationships between animals and plants in a habitat.
• Understand some of the ways in which living things rely on common landscape features.
• Learn about conditions necessary for life in a variety of places – how place affects the plant and animal life there.
Key Stage 3 Level
• Investigate how physical processes operate to create distinct and diverse environments, e.g. tropical rainforests
• Investigate the impact of conflict between social, economic and environmental needs, both locally and globally, e.g. loss of biodiversity, climate change, deforestation.
• Explore the importance of bio-diversity, how it impacts on our lives and how it is affected by human activity.
• Investigate what can be done to conserve and promote bio-diversity.
• Foundation students (4-6 years) can go to the Foundation Activity Zone and learn about different plant-life including; Palm Trees, Birch Trees, Spruce Trees, Acacia Trees, Oak Trees and Cacti. Explore small biomes created around the trees and learn about the difference in shape and colour as well as where they like to grow best.
• Key Stage 1 students (6-9 years) can go to the Key Stage 1 Activity Zone and build something that can be made from plants. Working in groups of 2-3 they must build a large-scale model of the example they have chosen, confining their build to the designated plots.
• Key Stage 2 Students (9-11) can go to the Key Stage 2 Activity Zone and build a biome/ecosystem from around the world. In groups of 4, they must choose one biome and attempt to recreate it within the build plots provided, paying attention to the types of plant and animal life found there.
• Key Stage 3 Students (11-14 years) can go to the Key Stage 3 Activity Zone and build their own glasshouse to house a variety of plants and crops in Minecraft. They can chose to build in Victorian style, Modern or futuristic and try to include a watering system.
Students should use the camera provided by NPC’s to take photos of themselves and their builds, along with any notes they want to add. These can be exported as PDF’s after the activities. Students should be able to answer the following questions.
• What is the purpose of the Tropical Ravine and Palm House
• What are some of the plants that grow there?
• Name some different plants/trees
• Name some products are made from plants
• Name some different biomes from around the world
• What are temperate and tropical zones