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Key Stage 2 - 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 the workshop students work scientifically by observing, investigating and analysing rainforest products, discussing the importance of the rainforest to our everyday life, raising their own questions about the world around them.

  • 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 the location and conditions of the rainforest using appropriate vocabulary
  • compare and contrast the similarities and difference between a rainforest and temperate habitat, for example climate, location, people and resources
  • recognise environments can change and that this sometimes poses dangers to living things, for example human impact (both positive and negative)
  • explore how plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways
  • understand the importance of rainforests (products, food, medicines and biodiversity) and the need to conserve these
  • consider issues such as deforestation, sustainability, fair-trading (Y5/6)

Curriculum links

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

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

Geography - locational Knowledge, human and physical geography