This lively show appeals to children's interest in growing plants. It is set in the City garden of Thomas Fairchild during the 18th century. This was a time when exotic species of plants were being discovered in tropical countries and shipped back to Britain to be cultivated in the hothouses of botanical gardens such as Kew and Chelsea.
We join Fairchild's eager young apprentices as they are learning about plant cultivation and procreation.
Duration: 15 minutes
Age Guide: 7 to 11 years, KS1, KS2
15 to 35 short speaking parts:
1 to 4 Presenters, Thomas Fairchild (18th century plantsman)
Apprentices: Alice, Ned, Jack, Betty, Molly, Kit, Flora, Tom, Bert, May & others
Flowers: Lily, Aloe Vera, Orchid, Sweet William, Carnation & Mule & others
Apples: Pipsqueak & Old Fruit & others
Provides everything for a successful Class Assembly Show:
- A topic-based script with a line or two for each pupil.
- A fun song with actions for the class to perform and teach to the school.
- Vocal & backing tracks, piano score
- Costume, staging & cross-curricular ideas
Environment, Habitats, Places, Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Procreation, Cross-fertilization
Life in the 18th century, Occupations, Global exploration, Discovery of new species, Healthy eating, Working together, Living conditions for children in the past
Song Sample: From 'City Garden'
Turn your urban spaces into verdant places
A touch of paradise can be so very pretty.
Work a little everyday and turn your heavy clay
Into a garden in the middle of the City...
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