Using a huge wall map of the world, flower pots, compost and videos, children find out everything there is to know about the fruit they eat. Be sure to introduce them to a variety of real fruits (as well as using the excellent images contained in the resource). So many are easily available in supermarkets and stores, but children may not have seen, handled or tasted many of them before. Include in your fruit basket 'fruits' that are not sweet by nature too: courgettes and squashes, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes, all have their place and many children will not recognise them as fruit as they are eaten a lot in savoury dishes. Technically anything that contains seeds is a fruit, as many plants grow fruit to enclose and protect their seeds, which need to spread out to grow new plants.
Activities encourage children to make observations, compare and contrast, identify similarities and differences, sort and group a selection of fruits of different kinds. They investigate where fruit has travelled from, and what transport was used getting it to the UK. Children explore the different parts of fruit and compare the seeds of a variety of fruit. They plant seeds and observe the changes over time.
Another possible activity could be asking children to predict what a fruit will look like inside. Children can draw their predictions, including what seeds may look like, the pattern of seeds and the colour of the fruit on the inside. Fruit is then cut open, lengthwise or through the middle to expose different views of the inside. Close observational drawing of the cut fruit can then be made using pencil, chalk, oil pastels, paint etc. Apart from the links to parts of a plant and plant reproduction, the seeds can be collected and used in a thinking skills lesson. Challenge children to sort unknown seeds and think about which fruit they may have come from.