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Key Stage 3 school visit programme

Close up of succulent

Education sessions 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 inquiry-based learning we offer pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment. 


Many of our sessions are designed to enable learning progression in key topics through the student’s school life. 


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


Tastes of Kew sessions run for 45 minutes, all other sessions run for 90 minutes.

From 13 April 2015, our exciting new programmes are launched, with improved content and links to meet curriculum targets across a wide range of subjects including science, geography, art and more.

Please note:

If your visit is before the 13 April please pick from our current programmes.

If your visit is after the 13 April please choose from our range of new programmes.

Education sessions

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Picture of a palm tree with hills covered in tropical forest in the background

Explore one of the most precious and diverse ecosystems on earth in the iconic Palm House at Kew.

Fruits and seeds of Rumex acetosa

What do exploders, parachutes, hitchhikers and takeaways all have in common? Investigate the fascinating world of seed dispersal at Kew.

Close up of succulent

Enhance your creative awareness of natural forms at Kew through site specific observations of plants and their structures.

Students studying plant life in a field

Investigate the ecology in Kew's conservation area and understand the relationships between plants, animals and the environment.

Hand holding wheat

80% of the global calorie intake comes from 12 crops, with 50% coming from wheat, maize and rice. What would happen if we lost one?

Cockleshell orchid flower

Take a journey around the globe from the steamy tropical rainforest to the arid deserts and temperate bogs, exploring the physiological adaptations which allow plants to survive in a variety of environments.

Photo of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris feeding on Rhododendron

What’s the relationship between pollinators, plants and human food security? Follow in the footsteps of Kew scientists to investigate some of the key challenges facing us today.

Photo of Youki's iris

What is a flower? Get to grips with the sexual life of plants and examine the fascinating world of flowers and their structures in Kew’s living laboratory.

KSB banner rainforest2

Take an exploratory journey through the magnificent rainforest in Kew’s iconic Palm House and bring to life the importance of this diverse and precious ecosystem.

Yunnan bananas on a branch

In this session, secondary school students learn more about the important relationships between plants and people. The duration of this session is 45 minutes.

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