Foundation Stage programme - Plants growing activity tour and optional workshop
In these sessions, Early Years school students are introduced to the factors necessary for plants to live and grow and to plant life cycles. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.
Early Years students learn about the parts of a plant in the plants growing workshop.
Students are introduced to plants as living organisms which grow and change. They will learn to identify leaves, stems and flowers on growing plants. They will also learn that flowering plants produce seeds.
In the activity tour, students explore plants in Kew's magnificent environment. They look at parts of a flowering plant, plant pollination and fertilisation and find out about different seed-dispersal techniques.
In the optional workshop, students take a closer look at the parts of a flowering plant and learn about the role different parts of a plant take in keeping them healthy. Students also study a variety of seeds from around the world and discover different methods of seed dispersal. At the end of the session, students plant a seed to take home as a lasting memento of their Kew experience.
- Length: Activity tour - 45 minutes | Activity tour and workshop - 90 minutes.
- Group size: 15 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 2 students.
- Programme cost: Activity tour - £25 (per group of 15 students) | Activity tour and workshop - £50 (per group of 15 students).
- Administration fee: £80.
School visits at Kew Gardens support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- identify key parts of a plant (flower, stem, leaf, roots)
- understand that plants produce seeds and that new plants grow from seeds
- list the factors necessary for plants to grow (water, nutrients, air, and sunlight)
- state the basic function of a flower, stem, leaf and root.
Links with EYFS Areas of Development and Learning (40-60+ months)
- Communication, Language and literacy; Language for communication; Language for thinking.
2. Knowledge and understanding of the world; Exploration and investigation.
3. Physical development; Using equipment and materials.
4. Creative development; Being creative - Responding to experiences; Expressing and communicating ideas.
5. Personal, social and emotional development; Dispositions and attitudes; Making relationships.
6. Problem solving - Reasoning and numeracy; Shapes, space and measures.
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