KS2 Rainforests: People and plants

Take a multi-sensory journey through our living rainforest and get up close to our amazing collection of rainforest artefacts to explore the links between people and plants.

Plants inside the Palm House


Key Stage 2


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


Take part in this immersive experience, exploring the sights and smells of the rainforest plants located in Kew’s historic Palm House.

Work scientifically in the rainforest challenge, observing, investigating and analysing rainforest products and artefacts, discussing the importance of the rainforest in our everyday life and raising questions about the choices we make.

Please note, elements of this session will be delivered outside, in one of our classrooms, and in the Palm House. 

Learning outcomes 

Pupils will be able to:

  • Identify the location and conditions of the rainforest using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and difference between a rainforest and temperate habitat, for example climate, location, people and resources.
  • Explain the importance of rainforests (products, food, medicines and biodiversity) and the need to conserve these, giving reasons for choices.
  • Explore and enquire through handling real rainforest artefacts.

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


Biome, habitat, ecosystem, climate, weather, equator, tropical, temperate, rainforest, forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent, adaptation, deforestation, plantation, sustainable 

Curriculum links


    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.
    • Identify and name a variety of living things (plants) in the wider environment.
    • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

    Year 6 – Evolution and inheritance

    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.

    Working scientifically

    • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
    • Making systematic and careful observations.
    • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.


    • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
    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.