KS2 Marianne North, Victorian plant hunter and artist

Pupils will learn about the life and travels of Marianne North, a Victorian naturalist and prolific botanical artist.

The Marianne North Gallery


Key Stage 2


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group (maximum 60 pupils per day)


During their exploration of the Marianne North Gallery the pupils will get a feel of what life would have been like for a female world traveller in Victorian times.

They will have the opportunity to take a closer look at some of Marianne North’s paintings of plants found on her many trips to countries around the world. The session will also include producing a piece of artwork to take home.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Discover the role Marianne North played in Victorian society as a female explorer, plant hunter and artist. 
  • Explore how plants are adapted to their environment 
  • Analyse, describe and evaluate their own work and that of others 

We will ensure the learning outcomes focus on the year group taking part. 


Plant hunter, explorer, botanical illustrations, Victorian, adaptations, climate, environment, colour, texture, paint 

Curriculum links 

KS2 Art and design  

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques about great artists in history.  

KS2 History  

  • a local history study  
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological   knowledge beyond 1066    

KS2 Science  
Year 3 Plants  

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers  

Year 4 Living things and their habitats  

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways  

KS2 English  
Spoken language  

  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions  
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas  
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English  
  • participate in discussions and presentations  
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)  

KS2 Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • Use maps to locate countries.
A boy examines a flower

Key Stage 2 sessions

Our Key Stage 2 sessions are designed to inspire and engage pupils of 7 to 11 years.