Key Stage 3 programme - Tree studies and keys workshop
In this session, secondary school students use the huge variety of native and exotic species of trees at Wakehurst to study the use and construction of species identification keys. The 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.
An English yew at Wakehurst. The distinctive leaf shape of this tree can be used in the construction of a species identification key.
Students work in groups to collect information about a selection of trees at Wakehurst. They use this information to identify the trees and construct keys.
- Length: Typical workshop - 1.5 - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students (maximum).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult to 10 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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:
- use features of trees to identify trees
- construct tree identification keys
- use identification keys.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
- Unit 7C - Environment and feeding relationships.
- Unit 7D - Variation and classification.
- Unit 8D - Ecological relationships.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of either two activities of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or three activities of approximately 1 hour each, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.
We also offer a number of full activity days, 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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