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Key Stage 2 - Clever plants in different climates activity tour and optional workshop

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.

Carnivorous plants inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Carnivorous plants in the Princess of Wales Conservatory


An exploration of plant adaptations to a variety of different climates/habitats on site, predominantly in the Princes of Wales Conservatory (POW), but may include Water Lily House and Kew grounds.

In the workshop, a multisensory exploration of plants that grow in desert areas, rainforests, water and bogs/marsh habitats.

  • Length: Activity tour - 45 minutes | Activity tour and workshop - 90 minutes
  • Group size: 15 students
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students

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 describe  the four main parts of a plant and their key functions
  • Describe the special conditions of the four different habitat, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Recognise  which plants grow in which habitats
  • Understand  how they are adapted to that habitat
  • Identify individual plant adaptations and their purpose

Curriculum links

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

Science - working scientifically, plants (Y3), living things and their habitats (Y4,Y5,Y6), evolution and inheritance (Y6)

Geography - physical geography (Y6)