On Friday, Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed exploring Kew Gardens, where we learnt lots about the fascinating array of plants that can be found in the rainforest. Fortunately, we were blessed with a warm and sunny day, which allowed us to make the most of the beautiful outside space at Kew. Everyone was amazed at the variety of plant life found in the Palm House. We also discovered that many products we use in our homes contain ingredients taken from rainforest plants.
The children examined the plants carefully, to find ways they have adapted to their rainforest habitat. They identified drip tips, which enable excess water to run off, and buttress roots, which provide extra stability. We also discovered that epiphytes 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. Lastly, we compared plants found in a desert habitat to those found in a tropical habitat.
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!
In the afternoon, we enjoyed visiting the Marianne North art gallery. Here we were able to find the artwork that had been the source of inspiration for a previous ‘Take one picture’ week. We were interested to learn that these paintings had provided evidence of species previously unknown.
A very enjoyable and educational day was experienced by all. The teachers are sure that the children will use their fascinating new knowledge to produce some super information texts about rainforest plants!