Key Stage 4 programme - Plant reproduction activity tour and workshop
In this session, secondary school students study flowering plants to find out more about sexual and vegetative reproduction.
Students examine and dissect flowers to learn more about their anatomy. These flowers display visible yellow anthers.
Students discover the amazing biodiversity of flowering plants and learn about sexual reproduction. They take part in a tour of flowering plants in our Gardens or one of our glasshouses, and dissect different flowers to identify the various reproductive parts. Different mechanisms of pollination are also discussed.
- Length: 90 minutes.
- Group size: 15 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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 the reproduction parts of a flower (stigma, style, ovary, anther, filament)
- state the function of the various reproductive parts of a flower
- demonstrate successful dissection of flowers
- identify the most likely mechanism of pollination based on the anatomy of a flower
- explain the life cycle of a flowering plant
- recognise the unique relationship between plants and pollinators
- explain the advantages and disadvantages of vegetative and sexual reproduction.
Links with the QCA/DfE schemes of work
Science (DfE Framework for Science Learning Objectives)
1.1 How science works - Explanations, argumentation and decisions.
1.2 How science works - Practical and enquiry skills.
2.0 Organisms, behaviour and health.
2.1 Life processes.
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