Key Stage 4 programme - Visit to a scientific workplace themed day
In this visit, secondary school students go to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and experience a globally significant scientific workplace in action. The visit to a scientific workplace 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.
A conservation scientist at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at work.
Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and investigate health and safety procedures. In the lab they have the opportunity to do a risk assessment based on a tissue cloning practical.
- Length: Themed day - typically includes 2 sessions of 1.5 hours each.
- Group size: 20 students.
- 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.
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 At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines.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:
- describe the work that goes on at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
- describe the practical activities and techniques used in the Seed Bank
- produce a risk assessment for a tissue culture/cloning practical.
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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