Date(s) - 14/09/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Event Age 04-07
- Event Age 07-11
- Event Age 11-13
- Event Age 14-16
- Event Subject Humanities & Social Sci
- Event Subject Science
- Home Ed event
Organised by Lou
Visit to Kew Gardens, with optional hands-on activity tours and workshops for KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 which are running concurrently (see below for further details)
We will meet together from 9.50am-10.00am at VICTORIA Gate on the Kew Road. The timing is quite tight because all need to go into Kew together and get to the workshops straight away. We will not be able to wait for late-comers.
Afterwards, we will have a lunch slot at 1.00pm then we have some time to wander around Kew Gardens on our own (we will not need to stay as a group after the workshops).
Prices and Payment:
£8.00 per child (who is doing an activity tour and workshop)
£2.25 per child (who is just going in and NOT doing an activity and workshop) – Initially, these spaces will only be available to siblings of children doing workshops.
£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 will require documentary proof)
To save on PayPal fees, opt to pay offline when booking and make a “family and friends”/personal payment via PayPal to: events [at] educationista [dot] com
(You can also pay via the website, but this will incur PayPal fees, which is why those prices are slightly higher than above)
Kew have very generously given us lots of “free teacher spaces” these will be shared pro-rata to the number of paying children going into a workshop and will go towards the first adult in each family, in the first instance. 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).
We have been to Kew before and the review of our previous trip is here.
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.
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 “Additional Information” section (when you book). In the event of “oversubscribed” adult places, it will be registered Carers first, and then in order of booking/request. If you have not requested an adult space for the workshop, I’m going to assume you didn’t want one!
(You must have booked your adult place via this group booking, rather than using a voucher, though).
To be as fair as possible to all families, there is a maximum of one adult space per family in the workshops.
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. All workshops are 90mins long.
A note about ages
To be fair to everyone, please be honest about your child’s age and book the workshop for the age of your child, even if your child is gifted or within a few months of the next age-range up.
There is already quite an age-range for each workshop. The staff at Kew are very good with multi-ages, however there are limits. To stretch it even more would put pressure on the staff and may mean that the older ones in each group do not benefit, as the staff sometimes feel obliged to cater to the younger ones.
Age 4-8 Seasons and Weather (Activity Tour and Workshop) ***NOW FULL***
Investigate the weather associated with the different seasons at Kew and its effects on plants.
Students have the opportunity to become ‘Kew meteorologists’ and investigate the weather associated with different seasons and climates at Kew, in a fun, hands-on and creative way. Plan the investigation, choose your equipment, record and gather real life data from different climatic zones outdoors and the glasshouses at Kew.
Age 7- 12 Plant Scientiests (Activity Tour and Workshop) ***NOW FULL***
What is a seed? What do plants need to grow and be healthy? Why do bees waggle? Investigate the life cycle of flowering plants in the perfect outdoor environment at Kew.
Through careful observation and hands-on experience of living plants students become ‘Kew Horticulturalists’ and investigate the journey and life cycle of a seed through to flowering. Students will have the opportunity to explore how seeds are formed and dispersed, the importance of bees and how we can care for and look after our plants.
Age 11-14 Pollination and Food Security (Activity Tour and Workshop)
What’s the relationship between pollinators, plants and human food security? Follow in the footsteps of Kew scientists to investigate some of the key challenges facing us today.
Through practical scientific investigations in the field and indoors, explore the relationship between plants, their pollinators and their importance in plant reproduction and human food security.
Age 13-16 (GCSE) – Ecology/Field Studies (Geography focus) (Activity Tour and workshop)
In this session, secondary school students work in Kew’s Conservation Area and learn about the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They also practice field study techniques.
Students learn several basic field study skills in biological sampling, including pond dipping, grass sweeping, tree beating and using quadrats and transect lines. Students also investigate plant and animal biodiversity and the complex interactions between plants, animals and the environment.
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