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Key Stage 1 - Tropical rainforest experience activity tour and optional workshop

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

School children learning at Kew Gardens

Primary students discover the function of drip tips on rainforest plants.


Students gain a first-hand immersive experience, exploring the sights and smells of the amazing variety of rainforest plants located in Kew’s historic Palm House. 

In our workshops student will explore and investigate the uses of plants from the rainforest using the senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Using first-hand experience, observations and questioning, students will discover and unlock the mysteries of people and plants of the rainforest.

  • 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 on 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:

  • Describe the conditions of a rainforest, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Identify the variety of plants in a rainforest habitat: describe shapes, sizes and colours of plants encountered
  • Recognise how living things depend on each other; for example plants serving as a source of food and shelter for animals and people

Curriculum links

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

  • Science - working scientifically, plants
  • Geography - human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork
  • English - spoken language