KS2 Medicinal plants and the science of Kew

Do you feel nauseous, have a headache, or need to get rid of a verruca? Then explore the wide range plants at Kew that have medicinal properties.

Madagascar Periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus, in the Palm House


Key Stage 2


45 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group

Recommended dates

Please note, this session may be adapted during the winter months


Come and visit the 'Plant Doctor' at Kew. Go on a magnificent medicinal plant journey through time and explore what the term 'medicine' means to people from different cultures. 

  • This session is best suited for upper key stage 2 pupils, due to the concepts explored and language included.
  • This session is delivered outside in the Gardens.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Recognise and name plants (UK and worldwide) which have medicinal properties.
  • Explain the importance of medicinal plants and the need to conserve them.
  • Describe how medicinal plants are used in our everyday life.
  • Discover the research that Kew scientists are carrying out linked with medicinal plants.

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

Curriculum links


Year 6 – Animals including humans

  • Recognise the impact of drugs on the way their bodies function.

Working scientifically

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions.
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions.
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.


  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

Example keywords: medicinal, drugs, health, herbal.

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.