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Key Stage 2 - Saving Seeds For Our Future

Pupils can visit the inspirational Millennium Seed Bank and learn why Kew is saving seeds from all around the world. This visit would enhance and enrich the study of plants at KS2.
The ‘Seeds for Breakfast’ discovery box helps students find out whether seeds for are part of their breakfast


Students experience how staff at Kew handle this amazing collection of native and exotic seeds and find out more about the work done by scientists in the Millennium Seed Bank. It is possible to see scientists at work through the windows in the exhibition area. The importance of seeds in our lives can be explored by looking at exciting discovery boxes. They will depart having discovered some amazing seed facts.

  • 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:

  • discover the ways in which plants are important to us
  • appreciate the need for a Seed Bank
  • recognise the importance of seeds in our lives
  • handle an amazing selection of native and exotic seeds and find out what  they grow into
  • find out about scientists at work

Curriculum links

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

Lower KS2
Living things and their habitats

  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Upper KS2
Year 5  - Living things and their habitats

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