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Key Stage 1 - Plants growing activity tour and optional workshop

In these sessions, primary school students are introduced to plant life cycles and the factors necessary for plants to live and grow.

Primary students learn about the parts of a plant in the plants growing workshop.


In the activity tour, students explore and investigate the wonderful world of plants in Kew’s magnificent environment. Students are introduced to a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will learn to identify and describe the basic structure.

In the optional workshop, students take a closer look at the parts of a flowering plant and learn about their different roles. They will observe and describe how seeds grow into mature plants.  They will find out and describe how plants need water, light and air and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

  • Length: Activity tour - 45 minutes | Activity tour and workshop - 90 minutes
  • Group size: 15 students
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students
  • Programme cost: Please check the Prices and FAQs page for up to date costs

Prices and FAQs

Learning outcomes

School visits at Kew Gardens support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students unique opportunities for learning outside the classroom. This session offers students the opportunity to:

  • Identify and name key parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaf, flower and fruit/seeds)
  • Understand that plants produce seeds, and that new plants grow from seeds
  • List the factors necessary for plants to grow healthily (water, food, air, and sunlight)
  • State the basic function of a root, stem, leaf, flower and fruit/seeds

Curriculum links

These sessions are designed to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

  • Science - working scientifically, plants
  • English - spoken language