Key Stage 1 programme - Clever plants in different climates activity tour
In this session, primary school students are introduced to plants growing in a variety of environments, from the desert to the rainforest.
Carnivorous plants in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Students visit the Princess of Wales Conservatory where they learn about plants from rainforest and desert, as well as aquatic and carnivorous plants. The focus of this session is on special adaptations which allow plants to grow successfully in different climates.
- Length: 45 minutes.
- Group size: 15 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
- Programme cost: £25 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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:
- list a few special adaptations which allow plants to live successfully in the rainforest, desert, or water. (Examples include drip tips on rainforest plants and thick waxy skin on desert plants)
- compare and contrast conditions in the desert with those in the rainforest
- list the factors necessary for plants to grow (water, nutrients, air, and sunlight)
- identify key parts of a plant (flower, stem, leaf, roots).
- identify the primary function of the key parts of a plant (flower, stem, leaf, roots).
Links with the QCA/DfE schemes of work
- Unit 1B - Growing plants.
- Unit 2B - Plants and animals in the local environment.
- Unit 2C - Variation.
- Living in a diverse world.
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