KS2 Endeavour: Kew Crime Scene

Kew Constabulary need help with a plant crime investigation...are you up to the challenge? Put your detective skills to the test.

Exterior shot of the Temperate House


Key Stage 2


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


Illegal wildlife trade is worth an estimated $15 billion dollars worldwide and rare or valuable plants are often stolen from parks and botanic gardens. But who would want to steal a plant and why?

Someone has tried to break into the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, and Kew constabulary need your help. Can you link the evidence and clues to reveal the culprit and find out what they want with the plants in the Temperate House?

Please note, elements of this session will be delivered outside.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • identify the location and characteristics of a temperate biome
  • recognise that a changing environment can pose dangers to living things
  • describe some of the dangers facing temperate plants
  • recognise the importance of plants, including as medicine, food and products


Temperate, plants, threatened, investigate, evidence, forensic, food, medicine, products 

Curriculum links


Living things and their habitats 

  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

Working scientifically 

  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings


  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied