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Primary School - Course Plan Overview for Years 3 & 4

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seed propagation project

Linked to the new National Curriculum Science Objectives 2014

Food chains & webs.
  • How does a plant fit into a food chain? Study the different types of food eaten by animals. Classify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
  • Plants and their use of sunlight are how all living things on earth survive. Study simple food chains and webs, starting with the sun.
  • What happens to a plant when it dies? Does it remain in the food chain?

This meets the following Science Objectives (2014).

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Growing plants from seeds

  • What happens when a seed germinates?
  • The life cycle of a plant. Study pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
  • Grow a range of different plants to study seed formation and dispersal.
  • Experiment to find out if a plant will grow in less than ideal conditions? Compare plants grown with and without soil, light or moisture. What happens to a plant if you remove the leaves?

This meets the following Science Objectives (2014).

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • Explore the requirements of plants for growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.
  • Explore the parts flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
  • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them.
  • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate take accurate measurements using standard units.
  • Report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
  • Use results to draw simple conclusions, making predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support findings.

Producing evidence

Use photographs and examples of work to produce a scrapbook showing the activities and investigations carried out by the children. It should include the process and results of their growing experiments. It could include links to other areas of the curriculum, eg art, creative writing, poetry, performing arts.

The best examples will be included in the Growing Results Laboratory display at Chelsea Flower Show 2015.


Useful Resources

Most clips listed for Year 1 and 2, PLUS these below:

KS2 Healthy Plant Growth

KS2 How Does Fruit Grow?

KS2 Food Chains on a Farm

KS2 How Plants Produce Seeds

KS2 How Shots and Roots Grow

KS2 Runner Beans Growing

KS2 Seed Dispersal

KS2 Why Do Plants Have Leaves

KS2 Why Do Plants Need Roots?

KS2 Why Do Plants Need Water?


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