Key Stage 3 programmes at Wakehurst
Secondary visits to Wakehurst are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers. The Key Stage 3 programme is aligned closely with the National Curriculum and work schemes.
Wakehurst offers secondary school groups a varied and dynamic range of activities to choose from.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of either two sessions of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or three sessions of approximately 1 hour each, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. The emphasis of the visit is on outdoor work.
The 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 3 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 biology workshops, or pick a themed day.
1. Biology workshop - Adaptation to the environment
Students explore different habitats looking at how plants are adapted to the environment. Using the parterres at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, students have the opportunity to look at shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland habitats.
2. Biology workshop - Fresh water studies
Students can study fresh water ecology using the wetlands area at Wakehurst.
3. Biology workshop - Grassland
Students take part in a grassland workshop in one of the many meadow areas at Wakehurst.
5. Biology workshop - Tree studies and keys
Students use the huge variety of native and exotic tree species at Wakehurst to study variation in form and explore the use and construction of keys.
4. Biology workshop - Woodland
Students take part in a woodland workshop in one of the coppice woodland areas at Wakehurst.
6. Themed day - Art and photography
Students sketch and collect photographs for their art and photography projects. This programme includes up to three sessions designed around a theme.
7. Themed day - Citizenship and enrichment
Students take part in a series of challenges in a variety of locations at Wakehurst. The emphasis is on fun, problem-solving and team-building. The day is tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This day includes up to three sessions designed around the theme.
8. Themed day - Geography
School students can study physical and human geography aspects of the curriculum using the Wakehurst environment. This programme includes up to three sessions designed around a theme.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of either two sessions of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or three sessions of approximately 1 hour each, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.
We also offer a number of full activity days for, designed around a theme. Once you've selected a combination of activities for your group, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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