Key Stage 1 programme - Colour in nature activity tour
In this session, primary school students explore the variety of shapes, sizes and colours in nature.
Students will explore interesting shapes and colours in nature. Image of Encephalartos altensteinii, found in the Palm House.
Students work outside and/or inside one of Kew's iconic glasshouses to develop observational skills that help them describe shape, line and colour. The creative outcome of this activity tour is a unique and colourful piece of artwork based on Kew's plant life.
- 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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:
- use appropriate vocabulary to describe colour, shape and size of plants and plant parts
- recognise and describe the plant biodiversity through observation of colour, shape, and size of plants
- produce sketches and colourings of plants that they observe at Kew Gardens.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
Art and Design
- Unit 1B - Investigating materials.
- Unit 2B - Mother Nature, designer.
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