Key Stage 2 programme - Plant doctor workshop
In this session, primary school students work out the requirements for healthy plant growth using plants that have been grown in a variety of conditions. The plant doctor workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
Wilting sunflower seedling - students learn how to bring plants back to health.
Students learn how plants are affected when they have been grown in poor conditions e.g. lack of water or light. They also "diagnose" the plant's symptoms and work out the likely causes.
- Length: Typical workshop - 45 minutes.
- Group size: 30 students (maximum).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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. Please note that all our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- recognise whether a plant is healthy or not
- understand what plants need for healthy growth
- work out the conditions in which the plants were grown.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
National Curriculum Science
- Sc2 Life process and living things - Life processes; Green plants.
- Unit 3B: Helping plants grow well.
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