KS2 Pollination

What is the link between insects and plants? Why are bees so important? Explore the magnificent plant life of Kew observing pollinators at work.

Honey bee on a flower


Key Stage 2


45 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group

Recommended dates

March to October


What is pollination? Why is it necessary? Explore the diverse plant life of Kew and observe various pollinators at work (selection of plants will depend on the season and weather).

Through role play and inquiry based learning pupils will investigate how and why plants need to attract pollinators and what happens when they do.

This session is delivered outside in the Gardens.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Identify and name key parts of a flowering plant (roots, stem, leaf, sepals, stamens, carpel, ovary, stigma) and describe their functions.
  • Discover the importance of bees and other pollinators in pollination.
  • Dramatise the life cycle of a flowering plant.

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

Curriculum links 


    Year 3 – Plants

    • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
    • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation.

    Year 5 – Living things and their habitats

    • Describe the life process of reproduction in plants.

    Working scientifically

    • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
    • Making systematic and careful observations.
    • Reporting on findings from enquiries.
    • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions.


    • Participate in discussions, performances, role-play, improvisations.

    Example keywords: pollen, pollinators, pollination, reproduction, life cycle, roots, stem, leaf, sepals, stamens, carpel, ovary, stigma.

    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.