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Key Stage 2 school visit programme

School visits at Kew Gardens are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew teaching staff. The Key Stage 2 programme has been reviewed and updated to strengthen links to the New National Curriculum in 2014. Keep an eye out for our exciting new topics later this year.

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.

Activities and workshops

Cones of Encephalartos altensteinii

In this session, primary school students are encouraged to use their observation skills and a range of art and design techniques to describe the variety of colours, sizes, shapes and textures in nature.

Carnivorous plants inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

In these sessions, primary school students are introduced to plants growing in a variety of environments, from the dry deserts to the hot and steamy rainforest.

In this session, primary school students learn about the requirements for successful plant growth and the role of plants in a healthy diet.

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.

In this session, students embark on a learning journey to explore the relationship between maths and plants in nature.

In these sessions, primary school students investigate plant life cycles - including pollination and seed dispersal - and the factors necessary for plants to live and grow.

In these sessions, students are taken on a multi-sensory journey through the rainforest.