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Key Stage 2 - Plants growing activity tour and optional workshop

In these sessions, primary school students investigate plant life cycles - including pollination and seed dispersal - and the factors necessary for plants to live and grow.

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


Using the magnificent gardens, glasshouses and other areas on site, the groups will be focusing on a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, exploring pollination and seed dispersal mechanisms and understanding that 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 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 name key parts of a flowering plant (roots, stem, leaf, flower and fruit/seeds) and describe their functions
  • understand that plants produce seeds, that they have different mechanisms for dispersal and that new plants grow from seeds
  • recognise the factors necessary for plants to be able to grow healthily

Curriculum links

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

Science - working scientifically (Y3/4), plants (Y3), living things and their habitats (Y4/Y5/Y6)

English - spoken language