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Term 6 - Plants

This term we will be delving into the wonderful world of plants. After an incredible Spring of sunshine there are plenty about to see! We will be using our super science skills over the term, to  and see how plants grow and change.

 

Our Enquiry question is:

Which plants can be found locally?

Week beginning 6/7/20 and 13/7/20

We hope you have been managing to your pet plant closely over the last few weeks. Our plants in school have been growing so fast it's incredible - we think some of them may reach the giant up in the clouds very soon!

This week's task is to show us how your plant has changed over time. You can do this any way you want; through photographs like Anna's on the left, a diary, a poster a cartoon or comic strip. We'd love to see what you have planted and how it has changed and can't wait to see your photos, diaries, posters and anything else you have done!

 

If you would like to learn more about plants, here are some fun clips to watch, including one on a meat eating plant!!

Also - don't forget you can add answers to our Year 1 padlet all about plants. Some of you have done this already - well done! Maybe you could research the world's tallest plant and or find out about the world's smelliest plant and let us know what it is. You could have a look at the National Geographic pages below to help!

Week beginning 29/06/20

How do plants change?

Watch this bean plant growing – it’s sped up so you can see the changes happening super quickly! 

How is your pet plant getting on? 

How has it changed?

What might happen in the next few weeks?

Don't forget to take pictures, make notes or do a quick sketch of the changes you see.

 

 

Have a look at this clip of a dandelion plant – you can see how well designed the seeds are to be carried on the wind and grow into new plants

TASK 1 - Draw the life cycle of a plant - You could  draw your pet plant’s life cycle or use the sunflower or strawberry example below for ideas.

Trees are plants and you might notice their changes much more as they are the biggest plants around us.

Watch this clip to follow an apple tree through the seasons 

TASK 2 - Draw a tree through the seasons (use the sheet below if you like) and think about these things:

  • Where are the roots, stem, leaves, flowers and fruits on the tree?
  • How does the tree change through the seasons?
  • Where are the seeds for new plants to grow from?

TASK 3 - Go on a fruit and seed safari walk! This time of year you will start to see fruits and seeds growing on trees and plants everywhere:

  • How many different ones can you see on a walk this week?
  • How has nature made sure they can travel from their parent tree to start new plants? - Do they fly, roll, float, stick?

Can you find seeds in the food you eat? Collect some fruits and seeds on your walk or at home and sketch them or take some pictures to send to us!

Week beginning 22/06/20

Don’t forget to check on your pet plants this week – we are loving your updates with some drama from pesky slugs and even some flowers and fruits appearing!

This week we are going to find out about flowers growing in our neighbourhood. We are going to see if we can identify them using our super sharp botanist brains! (A botanist is a plant scientist!). You can identify a flower by looking at the leaves, the flowers and the plant as a whole.

This week there are 4 little parts to the Enquiry challenge and by the end of it you will be a BRILLIANT BOTANIST!:

  • Go on a wildflower hunt in your garden, along your road or in the park and see what flowers you can find. The Northern Slopes is a fantastic local nature reserve with lots of wonderful wildflowers (see map below).
  • Challenge yourself to identify and learn 2 new flower names. Flowers have all sort of crazy names, some come from how the flower or leaves look (Eggs and Bacon/ Granny’s Toenails for the Birds Foot Trefoil), some from the use of the flower (Self Heal – said to have lots of medicinal uses and Teasel – used to tease out fibres and raise the nap in cloth making – and to tease donkeys!!). Use the month by month Spotter Sheets here to help you or the one below.
  • Spot the different plant parts – can you see the stem, leaves, flower, petals?
  • Record what you find – some ideas:
    • Create some art like Cece’s beautiful window hanger

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    • Take photos and create a collage or your own ‘spotter sheet’ for a friend to use

    • Make a ‘my favourite flower’ poster and label your picture

    • Group different flowers however you choose – leaf shape, flower colour, height, take a photo or make a poster

    • Explain to Beegu the alien what is the same and what is different between two wildflowers you find – or between a flower and a tree

    • Press some flowers and make a card for a relative or  start your own flower collection

 

*Please be respectful of nature when picking plants- make sure there are plenty of that type of plant around for nature to enjoy before you pick any and also make sure you only take a few flowers or leaves from a plant*

Wild flowers got you buzzing?

Watch this clip to check out the importance of bees and pollinators.

Did you know there are 24 species of bumblebee in the UK?!

Use the spotter sheets below to identify some of our brilliant bumblebees!

Week beginning 15/06/20

Don't forget to check on your 'pet plant' this week and take a picture or measure or draw it!

This week we can hopefully answer a few more questions from our padlet

 

Why are leaves important?

Did you know leaves are food factories for the plants? 

Watch this clip about leaves.

The way plants make food is called Photosynthesis and leaves are really important for this.

Watch this clip to find out more about photosynthesis.

Leaves are also important because they are one of the ways scientists identify different types of plant.

Watch this clip about different plants.

Task - What different trees can you find outside? 

How many different trees can you find in your garden, in the park or along your road?

What makes them different from each other?

Can you draw some of the different leaves and work out what type of tree they are?

Choose your favourite tree – can you send us a picture or drawing and tell us why you love it?

The Woodland Trust have a great Tree ID app 

And here are two tree trails if you are feeling adventurous (The squirrels and crows are very friendly in Brandon Hill Park if you have any bird peanuts lying around at home!):

Week beginning 8/06/20

Thank you for all your super plant questions on our padlet - if you've not added a question yet, why not add one this week?!

Be sure to check on your 'pet' plant (see Week 1 below) this week to see how it has changed - take a weekly photo, sketch the changes or measure it and record changes carefully.

This week, start by looking at this clip of different plants growing 

1. What are the parts of a plant?

Have a look at a plant in your garden or the park.

  • Can you see the different parts of the plant?
  • Do you know what they are called?
  • What do you think their job is?

Then watch this clip: Parts of a plant 

 

Task 1 – Draw and label a plant with the basic parts. You can use the sheet below or draw your own. Here are some words to help you:

 

2. What do plants need to grow?

Plants need some important things to grow healthy and strong (just like you do!). Do you know what they are?

Watch this clip to find out: What do plants need to grow? 

 

Task 2 – Draw a picture to show what plants need to grow or you can fill out the worksheet below.

This is Agnes' super picture showing what plants need to grow:

Here are some more clips you might like to watch all about how plants grow:

How plants grow from seed and develop roots 

Runner bean plant sped up

Why do plants need roots? 

Why do plants need water?

Week beginning 1/06/20

Watch this clip to help you start thinking about all the different kinds of plant in the world.

Task 1Your first task is to choose a plant to observe over the next few weeks to answer the question ‘How do plants change?’ and fill out the sheet below, or, if you don't have access to a printer, you can just write down your plan and decorate it your own way!

Your chosen plant could be a vegetable plant you have grown from seed, a tree in the park or a flower you have spotted on your daily walk. Over this term you are going to use your Super Science Skills to  your chosen plant. You might like to take a photo of it now and every week so you can share with us what you have observed. By the end of term we would love you to share with us how your plant has changed in whatever way you would like; you could create a photo story or collage, write a diary from the plant’s perspective, make a short nature film about what you observe, do some measuring each week, sketch the changes you see – be as creative as you like as long as you can answer the question in some way!!

Task 2 - Write down some things you know about plants already – you could write a list, make a poster or a factfile or tell a grown-up

Task 3Think of a curious question about plants that you would like to find the answer to. Add it to our Year 1 Padlet by clicking on this linkWe can’t wait to see all your super thoughtful questions!

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