Growing Plants

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Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background knowledge on the chemicals that plants require to live. It provides information about chemicals, their function within plants, fertilizers and the nitrogen cycle, and includes a related challenge.

It is divided into three levels of difficulty A, B and C which correspond to a teachers’ existing knowledge:

Level A- assumes no science knowledge and is concerned with basic principles

Level B- contains more complex ideas and is aimed at those with some background in science

Level C- contains ideas to challenge all teachers

This resource could be used by Initial Teacher Educators and science co-ordinators running training sessions to increase teacher subject knowledge. It is also useful for individual teachers and may even help to answer some of the more difficult questions children may ask on the topic.

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