Key Stage 3 programme - Economic botany activity tour
In this session, secondary school students learn more about the important relationships between plants and people. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
Bananas are one of the many rainforest plants that which are discussed in the economic botany activity tour.
Students learn about the importance of plants for modern life, and the need for conservation whilst touring the iconic Palm House. Emphasis is placed on plants used in medicines, foods, textiles, building materials and other consumer products.
- Length: Activity tour - 45 minutes
- Group size: 15 students
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students
- Programme cost: Activity tour - £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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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:
- identify the many uses of plants (medicinal, foods, cosmetics, textiles, etc.)
- compare and contrast different conservation techniques, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each
- explain in situ and ex situ conservation
- recognise that many products they encounter every day as consumers originate in the world's rainforests
- understand the importance of plant conservation and the threat to plant biodiversity.
Links with the QCA/DfE schemes of work
- Unit 03 - Human rights.
- Unit 21 - People and the environment.
- Unit 9 - Shopping - past, present and future.
- Unit 14 - Can the Earth cope? Ecosystems, population and resources.
- Unit 23 - Local action, global effects.
- Unit 24 - Passport to the world.
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