Date(s) - 10/09/2014
10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Organised by Lou
Visit to Kew Gardens, with optional hands-on activity tours and workshops for KS2, KS3, KS4 which are running concurrently (see below for further details)
We will meet together at 10.15am at VICTORIA Gate on the Kew Road, where there is free parking after 10am (as we all need to go enter Kew together) and then we have some time to wander around Kew Gardens on our own (we will not need to stay as a group for this). We will meet for lunch at 11.55am before going into the workshops (for those who have booked a workshop place). You will also have the opportunity to wander around by yourselves afterwards, if you wish.
Prices and Payment:
£7.40 per child (who is doing an activity tour and workshop)
£2.90 per child (who is just going in and NOT doing an activity and workshop)
£11.00 per adult
£free for babies and toddlers (although their spaces still need to be booked)
£free per carer (although their spaces still need to be booked and may require proof)
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(You can also pay via the website, but this will incur PayPal fees, which is why those prices are slightly higher than above)
Any “free teacher spaces” will be shared pro-rata to the number of paying children going into a workshop. All refunds will be either on the day or via PayPal afterwards.
(NB: I always refund, if applicable and any HE trip I organise is “at cost”. I also pay for my own space and those of my children and the same basis as everyone else)
Babies and todders are free of charge but Kew will still need to know how many, so please book spaces for any babies and toddlers you are bringing.
Kew Gardens charge in “bands” and per workshop (not per child) they also require payment in advance and they have an alterations fee, therefore unfortunately no refunds for cancellations or “no-shows” on the day will be possible.
You may use vouchers for your adult space(s) (in which case, simply do not book an adult space). (You would then deal with buying your own adult tickets yourself, separate from this booking, and your child would come in as part of the group booking. You can be reunited with your child once we are through the entrance, though)
Ages, Places & Workshops
Workshop places and overall places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. However, your places will not be confirmed until payment is received.
There is flexibility with the ages for the workshops. Therefore, if for example, you have a capable 6yr old, it would be ok for them to do the KS2 workshop. Equally, if you have a 15yr old who would rather do the KS3 workshop, that would be ok, too.
I leave this to the parents’ judgement and discretion when booking.
Also, there are limited adult/teacher spaces in the tour/workshop. Therefore, it would be great if your child could go in unaccompanied.
You can request an adult place for the workshop in the comments section (when you book). In the event of “oversubscribed” adult places, it will be registered Carers first, and then in order of booking/request. (You must have booked your adult place via this group booking, rather than using a voucher, though)
Special Needs and Disabilities
Please let me know if your child/ren have special needs and/or a disability and if there is anything that you need me to ask on your behalf or relay to Kew.
Carer spaces are free (you may be asked for proof), but you still need to book these.
Activity Tours and Workshops details:
(Please note these will run concurrently, so each child can only do one. You can have different children in different workshops.
KS2 Tropical Rainforest (Activity Tour and Workshop)
In these sessions, students are taken on a multi-sensory journey through the rainforest. Students gain a first-hand immersive experience, exploring the sights and smells of the amazing variety of rainforest plants located in Kew’s historic Palm House.
In the workshop students work scientifically by observing, investigating and analysing rainforest products, discussing the importance of the rainforest to our everyday life, raising their own questions about the world around them.
KS3 Plant Adaptations (Activity Tour and Workshop)
In these sessions, secondary school students learn about physiological adaptations which allow plants to survive in a variety of environments. Students discover that many plants and animals are particularly suited to the environment they live in and learn how plants survive in arid environments using a variety of water retention strategies and anti-predation mechanisms. They also learn how plants survive in the damp and dark environment of the wet tropics and the low-nutrient environment of bogs and marshes.
KS4 (GCSE) – Plant Reproduction (Activity Tour and workshop)
In this session, secondary school students study flowering plants to find out more about sexual and vegetative reproduction. Students discover the amazing biodiversity of flowering plants and learn about sexual reproduction. They take part in a tour of flowering plants in our Gardens or one of our glasshouses, and dissect different flowers to identify the various reproductive parts. Different mechanisms of pollination are also discussed.
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