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Key Stage 2 school visit programme

Engaging and hands-on, a typical day Keys stage 2 day involves:

Children making bark rubbings on a tree at Wakehurst
  • 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 with the emphasis on outdoor work
  • 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

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Photo of yew tree roots

A variety of field study techniques are used to demonstrate the effect of environmental factors on plant growth in two different places chosen from the many wonderful habitats available at Wakehurst.

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

A variety of fresh material and binocular microscopes are used to explore the amazing structure of flowers. The diversity of structure is related to reproduction in plants.

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

Photo of bog garden and dipping platform at Wakehurst

Pupils use the amazing variety of life to be found in the Bog Garden to explore life cycles, food chains and adaptations to life in water.

Photo of redwood tree

Meet a tree provides a means to explore keys, classification and the naming of living things. Pupils meet trees from the magnificent Wakehurst collection and explore their relationship with other plants, animals and fungi.

Photo of insects and other minibeasts in a log

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

Pupils investigate the requirements for healthy plant growth using plants that have been grown in our nursery under a variety of conditions.

Photo of children enjoying the plant eater workshop

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.

Pupils can visit the inspirational Millennium Seed Bank and learn why Kew is saving seeds from all around the world. This visit would enhance and enrich the study of plants at KS2.

Photo of seed dispersal in action

Using a large variety of native and exotic seeds, pupils investigate the connection between structure and dispersal mechanisms.

Photo of sunflowers growing in the school garden

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

Photo of children playing in a shelter

Enjoy a day out in the woods with an emphasis on fun, problem-solving and team-building. The enrichment day is tailored to suit the educational needs of your group and is designed around the theme of plants or plant conservation.

Pupils search out plants with adaptations which allow them to grow in different places.

Explore Wakehurst sustainable practices on a trail of discovery. Examine issues around recycling, compost making, sustainable shopping and climate change.

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.

Pupils go on a trail looking at different areas of the Garden that demonstrate the many factors affecting the health of a plant.

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