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Key Stage 2 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 Scientists at KS2 expands knowledge and experience gained in Plant Scientists at KS1.


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


Our sessions run for 45 or 90 minutes.

Education sessions

One of the specimens Masson brought back from South Africa was the Eastern Cape giant cycad - the world's oldest pot plant - which can still be seen growing in Kew's Palm House.
Which plants were around at the time of the dinosaurs? Have those plants changed and if so, why?
Ginger (Zingiber) on the Chinese medicinal trail
Do you feel nauseous, have a headache, or need to get rid of a verruca? Then explore the wide range plants at Kew that have medicinal properties.
Photo of bee on Succisa pratensis flower
What is the link between insects and plants? Why are bees so important? Explore the magnificent plant life of Kew observing pollinators at work.
Inside the Palm House
You are stranded in the rainforest, hungry, no shelter and some of your group are ill. Can the plants of the rainforest help you?
Children exploring plants in the Palm House
Explore the unique and diverse rainforest habitat first-hand.
Close up of overlapping leaves
Connect with nature and explore the unique world of ‘form and function’ at the iconic Kew Gardens.
Follow in the footsteps of Darwin and unravel the mysteries of how plants have adapted to a variety of habitats, from the dry deserts to the hot and steamy rainforest.
In this 90 minute session, primary school students will learn about the life and travels of Marianne North, a Victorian naturalist and prolific botanical artist.
Students in a ring around a tree
Allow students to develop confidence and mental fluency in number, measurement, shape and space in the natural environment.
Student looking at a leaf through a magnifying glass
Follow in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus and modern day Kew scientists in this exploration of keys, classification and the naming and grouping of living things.
Allium flower
What is a seed? What do plants need to grow and be healthy? Why do bees waggle? Investigate the life cycle of flowering plants in the perfect outdoor environment at Kew.
Hibiscus punaluuensis inside the Palm House
Take a multi-sensory journey through our living rainforest and get up close to our amazing collection of rainforest artefacts to explore the links between people and plants.