Secondary education resources

Inspire your secondary school pupils before and after your Kew education session.

Pupils on a school session at Kew

Pre-visit resources

Resources to set the scene ahead of a Kew education session.

  • Interior shot of the Palm House with leafy greenery

    KS3 Biology: Rainforest ecosystems

    What would happen if animals disappeared from the rainforest? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS3 Geography: Rainforest ecosystems

    What do you think ecosystem services are? 

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  • Frost at Kew

    KS3 Plant adaptations and photosynthesis

    What enables plants to be frost resistant? 

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  • Titan arum in bloom at Kew

    KS4 Evolution and adaptation

    Why have plants evolved different odours? 

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  • Pupil looking at a plant on a school session

    KS4 Field studies

    What is ecology and why is it important? 

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  • Madagascan forest,

    KS4 Geography: Rainforest ecosystems

    Why is surveying the rainforest important? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS4 Photosynthesis and gas exchange

    Think about conditions in the Arabian peninsular. How have plants adapted to survive? 

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  • Alpine plants in the Rock Garden

    KS5 Biology: How plants work

    How do plants obtain water and why do they need it? 

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  • A research inspects herbarium specimens

    KS5 Classification and taxonomy

    Why is it important that plants are classified and named correctly? 

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  • Researcher in Palm House looking at Bamboo

    KS5 Conservation and biodiversity

    Why is plant conservation important? 

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  • A fungi on the forest floor

    KS5 Energy and recycling in ecosystems

    What role do fungi and other microorganisms play within ecosystems? 

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  • Princess of Wales Conservatory

    KS5 Evolution and adaptation

    How have species diversified? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS5 Field studies

    Why are plant ecological surveys important? 

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  • Key stage 5 pupils at Kew, Jeff Eden

    KS5 Geography: Deserts and plants

    What is desertification? 

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  • An Amazon rainforest river scene

    KS5 Geography: Ecosystems and climate change

    How will plants be impacted by climate change? 

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  • KS5 Geography: Globalisation

    How will globalisation impact the coffee industry? 

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  • KS5 Geography: Carbon and water cycles

    What part do tropical rainforests play in the carbon and water cycle? 

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Post-visit resources

Excite and inspire your pupils with these fun activities.

  • Interior of the Palm House

    KS3 Biology ecosystems: Rainforests

    What changes to a rainforest might cause an animal to be endangered? 

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  • KS3 Geography ecosystems: Rainforests

    Think about ecosystem services that the rainforest provides. 

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  • Closeup of a bright green veiny leaf

    KS3 Plant adaptations and photosynthesis

    Why do deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS4 Field studies

    What conditions in an ecosystem might impact a population? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS4 Evolution and adaptation

    Why is it useful to know that some plants are more closely related than others? 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS4 Field studies

    What conditions in an ecosystem might affect a population? 

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  • Fanning leaves inside the Palm House

    KS4 Geography: Ecosystems

    How can rainforest resources be used in a sustainable way? 

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  • Dutch rush

    KS4 Photosynthesis and gas exchange

    Equisteum has evolved to live without leaves. Why is this an advantage for plants? 

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  • Plant propagation at Wakehurst, Rhododendron mallotum

    KS5 Biology: How plants work

    Think about transpiration in the rainforest and answer exam style questions. 

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  • Person inspecting a plant specimen

    KS5 Classification and taxonomy

    Answer exam style questions on classification. 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS5 Conservation and biodiversity

    Think about the factors that contribute to plant biodiversity loss. 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS5 Energy and recycling in ecosystems

    Have a go at exam-style questions about pond ecosystems. 

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  • Spring starflower, Ipheion uniflorum, in the Davies Alpine House at Kew

    KS5 Evolution and adaptation

    Answer questions on sympatric speciation.

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  • A visitor looks at the Temperate House from the spiral staircase

    KS5 Field studies

    Answer exam-style questions on index of diversity. 

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  • Pupils on a school session

    KS5 Geography: Deserts, plants and the future

    Assess the causes and impacts of desertification

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  • Cacao princess of wales conservatory

    KS5 Geography: Ecosystems and climate change

    Assess the impacts of climate change of ecosystems. 

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  • An Amazon rainforest river scene

    KS5 Geography: Rainforests and globalisation

    Think about how globalisation impacts the rainforest. 

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  • KS5 Geography: Rainforest water and carbon cycles

    Think about the affects of human activity on the rainforest water cycle. 

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A boy examines a flower

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