Key Stage 3 school visit programme
Engaging and hands-on, a typical KS3 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 tailored to suit the educational needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit
- a choice of either two sessions of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours each (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), or three sessions of approximately one hour each (two in the morning and one in the afternoon)
- the opportunity to build your visit from the selection of activities
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
Students take part in a series of challenges in a variety of locations at Wakehurst. The emphasis is on fun, problem-solving and team-building. The day is tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This day includes up to three sessions designed around the theme of plants or plant conservation.
Students can study physical and human geography aspects of the curriculum using the beautiful Wakehurst environment. This programme includes up to three sessions designed around a theme.
Using the inspirational surroundings of Wakehurst with its exotic and native plants, students can sketch and collect photographs for landscape, natural form and still-life projects. This programme includes up to three sessions designed around a theme of your choice.
Using the plant collections at Wakehurst, students have the opportunity to see a variety of plants adapted to different habitats and climatic conditions. They will observe a variety of leaves in the garden and study these more closely using microscopes in the laboratory to consider how they are adapted for photosynthesis.
Using the parterres at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, students have the opportunity to see eight different habitats in one small area. These habitats include shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland.
Students use a variety of techniques to study the freshwater environment using the tranquil wetland areas at Wakehurst. They will be amazed at the volume and variety of life to be found.
Students take part in a grassland investigation in one of the many beautiful meadow areas at Wakehurst.
Students take part in a woodland investigation in one of the sustainably managed coppice woodland areas at Wakehurst.
Students learn about food security, the importance of pollinators and how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is working to protect the wild relatives of today’s food crops. They observe pollen slides in our laboratory and investigate the flower preferences of pollinators.
Students learn about plant reproduction through close observation using microscopes in the laboratory and exploring the diversity of flowers, fruits and seeds found in the plant collections in the Gardens.