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Key Stage 4 school visit programme

Engaging and hands-on, a typical KS4 day involves:

  • experienced and enthusiastic Kew teachers
  • sessions designed to match the learning outcomes for your GCSE specifications
  • 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 students and Wakehurst can accommodate groups of up to 120 students by implementing a rotating timetable.

Activities and workshops

Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and experience a globally significant scientific workplace in action.

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.

Using the parterres at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, students have the opportunity to see eight very different habitats in a small area. These habitats include shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland.

Students take on the role of scientists and apply the technique of DNA fingerprinting in a Customs and Excise investigation. This biotechnology session is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Students undertake fresh water ecology studies in the wetland area at Wakehurst.

Students take part in a grassland investigation in one of the many beautiful meadow areas at Wakehurst.

Students explore the uses of cloning as a tool of conservation to protect further collection of threatened plants.

Students take a practical approach to photosynthesis which relates theory to practice. This biotechnology workshop is designed to enhance curriculum delivery.

Students take part in a woodland investigation in one of the sustainably managed coppice woodland areas at Wakehurst.

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.

Students can cover physical and human geography aspects of the curriculum in the varied and beautiful environment at Wakehurst.