On Thursday, Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Kew Gardens, where we were able to explore the gardens and learn lots about the fascinating array of plants that can be found in the rainforest. Fortunately, we avoided most of the rain so we were able to make the most of the beautiful outside space. Everyone was amazed at the variety of plant life found in the Palm House.
The children examined the plants carefully, to find ways they have adapted to their rainforest habitat. They identified drip tips and buttress roots, which provide extra stability. We also discovered epiphytes, which are plants that live on the surface of other plants, especially on larger trees, as this helps them to take advantage of the sunlight in the canopy.
For many, the treetop walk was a highlight of the day. From here, we could all appreciate just how high the canopy and emergent layers of the rainforest really are!
It was a very enjoyable and educational day. The teachers are sure that the children will use their fascinating knowledge to produce some super rainforest information texts!