In the Plant Parts project, your child will learn that plants are living things that grow from seeds or bulbs. They will revisit the concept of seasonal change, observing how trees and other plants change with the seasons, particularly from winter to spring. Your child will observe, photograph and identify various plants growing in and around the school grounds. They will choose one plant they would like to study for the project's duration. They will continue their learning by learning the parts of plants. They will explore where new plants come from and learn the names of some plants that grow from seeds and bulbs. Your child will learn about the parts of leaves, making comparisons. They will ask and answer scientific questions about the importance of plants to animals, including humans. They will observe how their chosen plant has changed over time and record their findings.
❇ MEMORABLE MOMENT
We will look at different seeds and bulbs and plant sunflower seeds to take home.
️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES
We will write up our investigations. We will form predictions and analyse our results.
🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
We will have a look at different types of leaves that grow within the school environment.
We will observe the trees that grow outside our classroom and will draw them and take wax rubbings of their trunks.
Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions
Seasonal Changes in Plants - To carry on observing the local environment throughout the year and ask and answer questions about living things and seasonal change.
Identifying Plants - To identify, compare, group and sort a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, based on observable features.
Seeds and bulbs - To identify and classify
To observe objects, materials, living things and changes over time, sorting and grouping them based on their features.
To label and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants.
Investigating Plants - With support, use simple equipment to measure and make observations about the leaves around the school grounds.
Importance of Plants - To know that plants are important because they provide food, shelter and materials for animals, including humans.
Scientific Enquiry: Investigations
What's in a bud?
Label and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants
Observe objects, living things and changes over time, sorting and grouping them based on their features.
Observe closely using simple equipment.
🏁 BIG FINISH
We will become plant experts and film a report to tell our parents how to look after our sunflowers once we take them home.
📖 FOCUS TEXT(S)
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Jack and the beanstalk
Planting a rainbow
Flowers to spot
Plants have leaves
Seasons Go facts
Seasons Fact cat