Key Stage 4 programme - Adaptation to the environment workshop (Biology)
In this session, secondary school students study how plants are adapted to the environment using the parterres at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. The adaptation to the environment 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.
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.
Students study how plants are adapted to different environments using the Millennium Seed Bank parterres. The habitats studied include shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland. This workshop is part of the ecology and biodiversity programme for Key Stage 4.
- Length: Typical workshop - 1.5 - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students (maximum).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 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.
The school visit programme at Wakehurst supports and enhances the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give children 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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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, but until then, learning outcomes apply to the curriculum as it is at this time.
All our workshops and trails have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. A typical session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- look for the characteristics of the habitat
- identify plant adaptations
- identify plants
- compare the different habitats.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
The specification for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.
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 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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