Key Stage 4 programme at Kew Gardens
School visits at Kew Gardens are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers, most of whom are qualified teachers. The Key Stage 4 programme has been developed to align with the National Curriculum and the QCA/DfE schemes of work.
Many secondary programme workshops are taught in classroom spaces inside Museum No. 1.
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. Field studies - Ecology - we apologise that this is not available until the beginning of May 2013.
Students learn skills in biotic sampling techniques including using quadrats and transect lines, pond dipping, grass sweeping and basic population studies. Activities enable students to further their understanding of habitat structure, biodiversity, and interdependence between plants, animals and abiotic features of the environment. The duration of this session is 90 minutes.
2. Activity tour - Economic botany
Students learn about important relationships between plants and people. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.
3. Activity tour - Plant adaptations to the environment
Students explore the Princess of Wales Conservatory and learn about the climate and plants of the wet tropics, dry tropics and aquatic environments. Students learn to recognise the special adaptations which allow plants to thrive in arid or wet environments, low-nutrient soil, and water. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute extended activity tour.
4. Activity tour and workshop - Plant reproduction
Students learn about plant reproductive systems, including sexual and vegetative reproduction. In addition to a tour of the Gardens, or one of our glasshouses, students examine flower anatomy through dissection. The duration of this session is 90 minutes.
5. Activity tour and optional workshop - Rainforest
Students explore Kew's indoor rainforest, located in the Palm House, and learn about the unique climate and plants of the wet tropics. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between people and the rainforest, threats facing the world's rainforests and plant adaptations to the wet tropics. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.
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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
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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.