Key Stage 2 programme at Wakehurst
Primary visits to Wakehurst are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers. The Key Stage 2 programme is aligned closely with the National Curriculum and work schemes.
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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.
Your visit is tailored to suit your needs and is 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 2 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 are invited to discover the wide variety of seeds from the everyday to the exotic.They learn about their uses and importance to us.
2. Workshop - A place to grow
Students use a variety of techniques to demonstrate the effect of environmental factors on what grows in two different habitats. This session is only available as a 90 minute double workshop.
3. Workshop - Dispersal of fruit and seed
Students use a large variety of native and exotic seeds to investigate the connection between structure and dispersal mechanisms.
4. Workshop - Eco issues
Students explore issues around recycling, compost making, sustainable shopping and climate change.
5. Workshop - Flower structure and reproduction
Students use a variety of fresh material and binocular microscopes to explore this topic and be wowed by the beauty of flowers.
6. Workshop - Get creative
Students take part in creative activities designed around a theme.
7. Workshop - Meet a tree
Students build up a portrait of a tree and look at its relationship with other plants, animals and fungi.
8. Workshop - Minibeasts
Students use different techniques to hunt through the long grass, trees and leaf litter using a variety of techniques to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures. Choose between a 45 minute workshop and a 90 minute extended workshop.
9. Workshop - Plant doctor
Students work out the requirements for healthy plant growth using plants that have been grown in a variety of conditions.
10. Workshop - Plant eater
Students explore the parts of a plant and their functions using a variety of fruit and vegetables. Students identify the parts of a plant and using a variety of fruit and vegetables they discover which parts they can eat.
11. Workshop - Pond life
Students will be amazed by the variety of life in ponds they find as they pond dip in small groups.
12. Workshop - Saving seeds for our future
Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and learn about why Kew is saving the seeds from all around the world and how we do it.
13. Workshop - Story of a sunflower
Students learn about the life cycle of a sunflower from seed to flower using living plants grown in our nursery.
14. Workshop - Rainforest
Students explore a series of exciting discovery boxes and find out about the products of the rainforest.
15. Themed day - Get creative
Students take part in three 45 minute creative sessions designed around a theme.
16. Themed day - Great Plant Hunt
The Great Plant Hunt day allows Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students to build upon work done at school on Kew's highly successful project.
- Year 3 Thinkers - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Year 4 Collectors - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Year 5 Investigators - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Year 6 Detectives - Find out more about this visit (Pdf)
- Kew in your school - Kew's Great Plant Hunt
17. Themed day - Woodland survival
Students enjoy a fun day out in the woods learning about woodland ecology and plant uses.
Our trail activities for Key Stage 2 students offer an emphasis on outdoor work.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch.
We also offer a couple of full day programmes. Once you've selected a combination of workshops and trails for your class, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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The leaves of the sensitive plant fold up in response to touch - a result of the internal movement of water and not because it has nerves and tissues similar to those in animals as was first thought.