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Key Stage 2 school visit programme

Student looking at a leaf through a magnifying glass
School visits at Kew Gardens are taught 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, enjoyment and curiosity for the natural world.

An activity tour runs for 45 minutes; an activity tour and workshop runs for 90 minutes.

Progression

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.

Assessment

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

Programmes

From 23 February 2015 we are launching our exciting new programme with relevant topics and improved content linked to the new national Curriculum.

Our sessions run for 45 minutes or 90 minutes. 

Please note:

If your visit is before the 23 February 2015 please pick from our current programmes.

If your visit is after the 23 February 2015 please choose from our range of new programmes.

Education sessions

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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.

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