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Key Stage 2 - Healthy plants, healthy people activity tour and workshop

In this session, primary school students learn about the requirements for successful plant growth and the role of plants in a healthy diet.

Bananas growing - students learn that fruits are parts of a plant and that a healthy diet is mostly made of plant-based foods.

Overview

Students take a closer look at the parts of a flowering plant and explore edible plants growing in the Gardens or Glasshouses at Kew

In this session using questioning to stimulate discussion, groups will Identify and classify parts of plants that are edible using scientific vocabulary and first hand practical experience and look at the value of plants in keeping us healthy in our everyday lives.

  • Length: 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:

  • Understand that all life depends on plants
  • Identify key parts of a plant and describe their functions (roots, seed, stem, leaves, pod, bud, fruit and flower)
  • Sort foods into different edible parts of a plant e.g. carrots are roots, apples are fruit, peas are seeds
  • Recognise the benefits of eating a healthy diet based on fruit and vegetables
  • Appreciate that the range of foods that we consume originates from all over the world
  • Understand what plants need in order to be healthy

Curriculum links

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

Science - plants, animals including humans (Y3, Y6)

Design and Technology