Key Stage 1 programme - Healthy plants, healthy people activity tour and workshop
In this session, primary school students discover that plants are an important part of a healthy diet.
Bananas growing - students learn that fruits are parts of a plant and that a healthy diet is mostly made of plant-based foods.
Students take a closer look at the parts of a flowering plant and explore edible plants growing in the Gardens at Kew. They also sort food into parts of the plant that we eat and have a plant tasting session. Finally, students pot up an edible seed to take home as a lasting memento of their day at Kew Gardens.
- Length: 90 minutes.
- Group size: 15 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
- Programme cost: £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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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 (roots, stem, leaves and flowers)
- analyse a typical meal and identify plant-based foods (including fruits, vegetables and grains)
- state at least two benefits to eating a healthy diet
- identify foods from different edible parts of a plant (e.g., carrots are roots, apples are fruits, peas are seeds).
Links with the QCA/DfE schemes of work
Design and Technology
- Unit 1C - Eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Unit 1A - Ourselves.
- Unit 1B - Growing plants.
- Unit 1C - Sorting and using materials.
- Unit 2A - Health and growth.
- Unit 2B - Plants and animals in the local environment.
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