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Key Stage 1 school visit programme

Engaging and hands-on, a typical Key Stage 1 day involves:

  • experienced and enthusiastic Kew teachers
  • sessions designed to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum
  • the opportunity for pupils to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment
  • sessions with a cross-curricular approach, tailored to suit the educational needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit
  • an introduction which includes a short activity showing how our lives are dependent on plants
  • three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch
  • the opportunity to build your visit from the selection of activities and trails, or to pick a themed day

Each activity has a capacity of 20 to 30 students and Wakehurst can accommodate groups of up to 120 students by implementing a rotating timetable.

Activities and workshops

Pupils use their observational skills to discover the beauty and variety of seeds.

Using materials from the garden artworks on a grand or mini scale are created to form a temporary art gallery.

Pupils find out about how plants grow from seeds and what is needed for this to happen. This workshop is done in the plant nursery with expert help. Students take their potted seeds back to school.

Pupils will be amazed by the variety of life they find as they pond dip in the bog garden.

Pupils use different techniques to hunt through the long grass, trees and leaf litter to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures.

Pupils identify the parts of a plant using a variety of fruit and vegetables. Some pupils are surprised to discover that they do eat plants! They explore which plant parts are edible. At the end of the session they have the opportunity to use the plant material to create a picture.

The story of the life cycle of a sunflower unfolds as children observe the different stages using plants grown in our nursery.

This trail takes in a number of ‘Buzz Stops’ looking for different types of bees, where bees live and which flowers they like. The children find out how to communicate like bees by doing a ‘waggle dance’.

Students look for animal homes in trees and bushes, under log piles and in leaf litter. They look for evidence of animals, for example worm casts and mole hills.

This is a bespoke trail using story sticks and collected fallen plant material to create a record to take back to school.

This trail round the Mansion garden extends knowledge and interest in the parts of a plant.