This list suggests resources which can be used to investigate photosynthesis.

In primary school (Year 3), students will have explored the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant, as well as investigating the way in which water is transported within plants. At this age the science will have been covered at a fairly basic level, but it is worth spending some time at the beginning of the unit to assess prior learning.

At Key Stage Three, photosynthesis is looked at in more detail, including:

• plants making carbohydrates in their leaves by photosynthesis and gaining mineral nutrients and water from the soil via their roots
• the role of leaf stomata in gas exchange in plants
• the reactants in, and products of, photosynthesis, and a word summary for photosynthesis
• the adaptations of leaves for photosynthesis.

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