Key Stage 1 programme at Wakehurst
Primary visits to Wakehurst are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers. The Key Stage 1 programme is aligned closely with the National Curriculum and work schemes.
Fun activities for KS1 at Wakehurst Place
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of an introduction and three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch.
The introduction includes a short activity showing how our lives are dependent on plants. Typically a day visit is made up of two workshops and one trail, with an emphasis on outdoor work.
Sessions are tailored to suit your needs and planned in detail prior to the visit. At this stage learning outcomes are agreed and ideas for further work at school are discussed.
Each session in the Key Stage 1 programme has a capacity of 20-30 students. Wakehurst can accommodate groups of up to 120 students by implementing a rotating timetable on your visit.
Build your visit from our selection of workshops and trails, or pick a themed day.
1. Workshop - Amazing seeds
Students explore the beauty and variety of seeds. They also learn about their uses and importance to us.
2. Workshop - Get creative
Students take part in creative activities based on the day's theme.
3. Workshop - Minibeasts
Students use different techniques to hunt through the long grass, trees and leaf litter to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures.
4. Workshop - Plant eater
Students identify parts of a plant and using a variety of fruit and vegetables they discover which parts they can eat.
5. Workshop - Plant a seed
Students find out about what a seed needs to germinate. This workshop is done in the plant nursery with expert help. Students take their potted seeds back to school.
6. Workshop - Pond life
Students will be amazed by the variety of life they find as they pond dip in the bog garden.
7. Workshop - Story of a sunflower
Students learn about the life cycle of a sunflower from seed to flower using plants grown in our nursery.
8. Themed day - Get creative
Get creative gives students a whole day of creative activities designed around a theme.
9. Themed day - Great Plant Hunt at Wakehurst
The Great Plant Hunt day allows Year 1 and 2 students to build upon work done at school on Kew's highly successful project.
- Year 1 Look out - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Year 2 Discoverers - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Kew in your school - Kew's Great Plant Hunt
Wakehurst offers a series of trails for Key Stage 1 students that complement each workshop. Choose between a trail that complements the workshop or one from a different topic. All our trails reinforce learning in the "outdoor classroom".
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch.
Once you've selected a combination of workshops and trails for your class, you can make a school booking by filling in our online form.
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.