KS2, 90 mins - Marianne North, Victorian plant hunter and artist
Marianne North Gallery after restoration
During their exploration of the Marianne North Gallery the students will get a feel of what life would have been like for a female world traveller in Victorian times. They will have the opportunity to take a closer look at some of Marianne North’s paintings of plants found on her many trips to countries around the world. The session will also include producing a piece of artwork to take home.
- Length: 90 minutes
- Group size: 15 students.
- Important: Max 60 students per day only
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students.
Students will be able to:
- Discover the role Marianne North played in Victorian society as a female explorer, plant hunter and artist.
- Explore how the same plants are able to grow successfully in different parts of the world and how this links today with the work scientists are carrying out at Kew.
- Analyse, describe and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work as well as take home a piece of art work.
Year 3 Plants
• identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
Year 4 Living things and their habitats
• recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
• articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
• use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
• speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
• participate in discussions and presentations
• gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
• a local history study
• a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Geographical skills and fieldwork
• use maps to locate countries
KS2 Art and design
• to improve their mastery of art and design techniques
• about great artists in history.
Keywords: plant hunter, explorer, botanical illustrations, Victorian, Famous Victorians: Edward Lear, Charles Darwin, Edward Hooker, Julia Margaret Cameron
Please note: Learning outcomes will focus on the year group taking part to ensure relevancy for your group.