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Key Stage 2 - Seeds on the Move

Using a large variety of native and exotic seeds, pupils investigate the connection between structure and dispersal mechanisms.
Photo of seed dispersal in action
The winged seeds of an Acer


Students consider the need for seeds to disperse. They are introduced to a variety of seeds showing different methods of seed dispersal. This is followed by an exercise where students have to sort the seeds provided and group them according to their method of dispersal.

  • Length: approximately 45 minutes
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum)
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit. See our Prices and FAQs page for more information

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Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.

This session offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • discover the variety of shapes, sizes and structures of native and exotic seeds
  • think about why seeds need to be dispersed
  • identify different seed dispersal mechanisms in a variety of seeds
  • group seeds by their dispersal mechanism
  • understand and give reasons for classifying the seeds

Curriculum links

This KS2 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Lower KS2
Year 3 - Plants

  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

Upper KS2
Year 4 - Living things and their habitat

  • using classification keys

Year 5 Living things and their habitat

  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals