Key Stage 1 Programme at Kew Gardens
School visits at Kew Gardens are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew teaching staff. The Key Stage 1 programme has been developed to align with the National Curriculum.
All of our programmes are reviewed and updated to strengthen links to the New National Curriculum in 2014. Keep an eye out for our exciting new topics.
Our key aim is:
To ensure that through active participation, questioning and exploratory learning we will inspire a sense of achievement, enjoyment and curiosity for the natural world.
Primary students learn about desert plant adaptations in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Basic visit package
Our basic visit package starts at £80 and includes entry for students and education staff, a reservation in the Munch Box (our indoor schools-only dining area), a meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate and a teacher's information pack. Book now
Enhance your visit
Browse our activity tour and workshop options below.
1. Activity tour - Clever plants in different climates
Students are introduced to plants growing in a variety of environments, from the desert to the rainforest. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
2. Activity tour - Colour in nature
Working outside and/or inside one of Kew's great glasshouses, students observe, sketch, colour and describe a variety of plant structures. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
Activity tour and workshop - Healthy plants, healthy people
Students learn the factors necessary for healthy plant growth and discover that plants are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. The duration of this session is 90 minutes.
4. Activity tour - Number, shape, colour and space
Students use their sorting and counting skills to explore plants in nature. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
5. Activity tour and optional workshop - Plants growing
Students learn about plants as living organisms which grow and change.
Students learn about plants as living organisms which grow and change.Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.
6. Activity tour and optional workshop - Tropical rainforest experience
The tropical rainforest experience is a multi-sensory journey into the rainforest. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
Latest news from Kew
07 Mar 2014
William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.
28 Feb 2014
Félix Forest, Head of Molecular Systematics at Kew, describes the co-evolution of pollinators and painted petal irises in the Greater Cape of South Africa.
18 Apr 2012
A floral spectacular is in bloom in front of the Orangery at Kew Gardens to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
14 Feb 2014
Madeleine Groves, the CITES Implementation Officer at Kew, describes how the application of science can help combat illegal wildlife trade.