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Key Stage 1 school visit programme

School visits at Kew Gardens are run by experienced and enthusiastic Kew teaching staff. 

Our aim

Our aim is to ensure that through active participation, questioning and exploratory learning, we will inspire a sense of achievement, provide enjoyment, and foster curiosity for the natural world.


Many of our sessions are designed to enable learning progression in key topics through the student’s school life. For example, Plant Hunters at KS2 expands knowledge and experience gained in KS1 Plant Hunters. 


To assess student progression, we use a mixture of peer discussion, open-ended questioning, shared experiences, predictions, investigating results and plenaries.


Our tastes of Kew sessions run for 45 minutes and all other sessions are 90 minutes. 

Education sessions

Leaves turning red
Immerse yourself in a world of colour, as you explore the magnificent plant and tree life of Kew Gardens through the seasons.
Children smelling flowers in the Palm House
Are you suited to living in the rainforest or desert? Find out the special ways plants survive in these two very different habitats.
Waterlilies in the Waterlilly House
Students are taken on a multi-sensory journey through the gardens or glasshouses to experience some of Kew’s most amazing plants.
Open traps of the Venus flytrap, seen from above
What connects carnivorous plants and minibeasts? Take a journey of discovery and investigate Kew’s more ‘unusual’ inhabitants.
Children making bark rubbings on a tree at Wakehurst
Allow students to develop confidence and mental fluency in number, measurement, shape and space in the natural environment.
girl with magnifying glass
Follow in the footsteps of Darwin and become a modern day plant hunter in the beauty of Kew’s diverse botanical gardens.
Fruits and seeds of Rumex acetosa
Become a ‘Kew Horticulturist’ and unlock the secrets of seeds, learn how plants grow from seeds and the factors needed for this to happen.
Spring crocuses in front of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens
Investigate the weather associated with the different seasons at Kew and its effects on plants.