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Key Stage 2 - Meet a Tree

Meet a tree provides a means to explore keys, classification and the naming of living things. Pupils meet trees from the magnificent Wakehurst collection and explore their relationship with other plants, animals and fungi.
Photo of redwood tree

Giant redwood tree - Meet a tree at Wakehurst.


Working in small groups using a variety of fieldwork equipment pupils study different types of tree. They explore the tree’s relationship with other plants, animals and fungi, using keys to identify them. They are able to compare their findings and draw simple conclusions about the differences between trees and build a key from the collected data.

  • 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:

  • make systematic and careful observations of the chosen tree 
  • take accurate measurements e.g. height, girth and canopy cover
  • explore and use classification keys
  • identify some of the plants which grow underneath the tree
  • discover habitats that the tree provides
  • gather and record data
  • construct a key for the trees studied

Curriculum links

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

Lower KS2
Year 4 – Living things and their habitats

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment                                                            

Upper KS2
Year 6 - Living things and their habitats

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics