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Key Stage 4 school visit programme


Education sessions at Kew Gardens are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew teaching staff.

The Key Stage 4 programme is currently being redesigned for launch later in 2016. This will strengthen links to the new national curriculum and meet curriculum targets across a wide range of subjects including science, english, geography, art and more.

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 recreate 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.


Education sessions

Pond in Kew's conservation area
In this session, secondary school students work in Kew's Conservation Area and learn about the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They also practice field study techniques.
Carnivorous plants inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory
In this session, secondary school students learn about physiological adaptations which allow plants to survive in a variety of environments, including the various photosynthetic pathways (CAM, C3 and C4 pathways). Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute extended activity tour.
In this session, secondary school students study flowering plants to find out more about sexual and vegetative reproduction.
Inside Kew's Palm House
In these sessions, secondary school students learn about the human and physical geography of the tropical rainforest, whilst exploring Kew's historic Palm House. Choose between the 45 minute activity tour and the 90 minute activity tour and workshop.