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Key Stage 2 - A Place To Grow workshop

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.
Photo of yew tree roots

A place to grow - old yew growing on sandstone outcrop found near Coates Wood.


Students compare an area of dark dense woodland and a meadow.

  • Length: approximately 1.5 hours
  • 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

Prices and FAQs

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:

  • use a range of field equipment
  • take soil samples
  • make systematic and careful observations of environmental factors
  • take accurate measurements of the environmental factors
  • compare plant ground cover
  • identify the reasons for differences
  • record findings

Curriculum links

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

Lower KS2

Year 3 -  Plants

  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant.