KS2 Plant hunters

Follow in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus and modern day Kew scientists in this exploration of keys, classification and the naming and grouping of living things.

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Key Stage 2


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


Take the challenge of a modern day Kew plant hunter and experience finding, naming, sorting and classifying using our amazing collection of plant specimens. 

Some or all of the elements of this sessions are delivered outside in the Gardens.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Recognise that plants can be grouped in a variety of ways  
  • Identify and classify plants based on certain characteristics  
  • Explain the importance of classification and how it is used by Kew “plant hunters” 

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


Classification, variety, family, botany, characteristics, key, identification 

Curriculum links


    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.

    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.
    • Find out about the significance of the work of scientists such as Carl Linnaeus, a pioneer of classification. 

    Working scientifically

    • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions.
    • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help answer questions.
    • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
    • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
    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.