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Growing Things

This resource contains six activities that link to plants and cover aspects of working scientifically. They include:

  • identifying and making close observations of different plants

  • preparing pots for growing potatoes

  • investigating what seeds need to germinate...

Experiments in Science: Time Lapse Video

Richard Needham, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, demonstrates how to use time lapse video to speed up action that would otherwise be either too slow to notice within a normal school science lesson, or to provide opportunities to explore gradual changes outside a classroom.

Examples of...

Discoverers Activity 3: Sorting and Sprouting *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, aimed at younger primary learners, helps children understand the role of seeds in the life cycle of a plant. It contains two activities; the first asks children to observe and sort a variety of seeds discovering the variety of shapes, sizes and colours....

Plants: ready, steady, grow!

Explore the world of seeds in these lesson plans and activities aimed at Year Two. Learn why plants disperse their seeds and the various clever ways in which they do this. Plant cress seeds and grow a bean using hydroponics – watch and record what happens to them. Using various art and design techniques, make and...

Education Pack: Trees - Vital Statistics, Describing and Measuring Trees

Aimed at primary level, this resource aims to help children recognise the differences between plants. Linked to the topics of plants and all living things and their habitats, it is designed for use when visiting a wildlife area. Activities also help to develop measuring and data handling skills. Teacher guidance on...

Plants *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from ARKive, is designed to teach students  about the main parts of a plant and their primary functions. Children complete a worksheet-based activity in which they must label and colour the main plant parts. This includes listing the function of each part. Children learn about some of the different...

Grow Sunflowers, Make Plant Pots *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), explains how children can grow their own sunflowers and how plant oils can be made into plastic. It helps to demonstrate how sunflowers can be grown to produce a renewable supply of plant oil. This activity can be done at home or in school and allows...

Printable Scratch blocks

Two different sets of printable Scratch blocks that could be used for display or for unplugged programming in upper key stage 1 classrooms as an introduction to programming.

Alec Jackson is the author of the Scratch block cutouts resource.

James Holmes, Gary Setchell, Keith Madderson and Cobie van de...

Kodu Game Selection Activity

This lengthier activity involves designing and creating a simple computer game using the free Microsoft Kodu platform. It is expected that the children will have some prior experience of Kodu, or that a basic tutorial is offered before commencing this activity. Worksheets are provided that help children through the...

Investigating Outputs

This activity helps children learn about computer systems and output devices. It relates these systems to those they encounter everyday, from headphones to printers and washing machine motors. They understand that programs make these devices function, and attempt a programming activity using Scratch and Lego WeDo....

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