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Key Stage 2 - Plant Doctor

Pupils investigate the requirements for healthy plant growth using plants that have been grown in our nursery under a variety of conditions.
What are the conditions each of these plants has been grown in?


Pupils work scientifically to explore the effect of different factors on plant growth eg water or light. They also 'diagnose' plant symptoms and work out the likely causes. They look at different plants from hostile environment to see how they are adapted to survive.

  • 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.

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:

  • recognise whether a plant is healthy or not
  • understand what plants need for healthy growth
  • investigate the conditions in which a set of plants were grown and draw simple conclusions
  • record findings
  • identify features in a selection of plants from hostile environments which allow them to survive

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 (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.