KS2 Rainforests: People and plants

Lower Key Stage 2: You are stranded in the rainforest, hungry, no shelter and some of your group are ill. Can the plants of the rainforest help you?

Upper Key Stage 2: How do the plants from the rainforest provide food, shelter and medicine for the people who live there and also provide us with products we need or enjoy?

Interior of the Palm House at Kew


Key Stage 2


45 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


Lower Key Stage 2 

Take part in this immersive experience, exploring the sights and smells of the rainforest plants located in one of Kew’s magnificent glasshouses. Journey through the rainforest, observing and investigating rainforest products, discussing the importance of the rainforest in our everyday life and the lives of those who live within the rainforest.

Upper Key Stage 2 

Explore the range of rainforest plants within one of Kew’s magnificent glasshouses, investigating how these plants supply people with what they need in. Consider the different ways in which these plants are used, discuss their importance in our everyday lives and the lives of those who live within the rainforest and raise questions about the choices we make. 

Learning outcomes 

Pupils will be able to:

  • identify the location and conditions of the rainforest using appropriate vocabulary
  • explain the importance of rainforests (products, food, medicines and biodiversity) and the need to conserve these
  • give reasons for choices made using evidence

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

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

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


Example keywords: rainforest, habitat, tropical, climate, conserve, emergent, canopy, understory, forest floor, deforestation.

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.