Redwood tree

Key Stage 2 - Meet a Tree

Pupils get to know some of the tree species in the Wakehurst collection by making systematic and careful observations, taking accurate measurements and recording data.


Children work in small groups using a variety of fieldwork equipment to study different species of tree. They compare their findings and draw simple conclusions about the differences between trees. The information collected can be used back at school to build a key from the collected data.

  • Length: approximately  1.5 hours
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum)
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit.

Key stage 2 - school visit programme information
Prices and visit information

Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment. 

This session offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • make systematic and careful observations of the chosen tree 
  • take accurate measurements e.g. height, girth and canopy cover
  • gather and record data
  • identify tree species

Curriculum links

This KS2 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Lower KS2
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                                                            

Upper KS2
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