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Going for Gold

Space Adventures

Dinosaur World

Great Fire of London


The Wonders of Antarctica

Plants Plants Everywhere

  LC: Plants, Plants, Everywhere!  (National Curriculum Coverage)

   Prime question: How does your garden grow?

Subsidiary questions:

1. What is a plant?

2. How does a plant grow? (life cycle)

3. What does a plant need to grow?

4. What else grows?

5. Why do we celebrate harvest?

6.  Where do different plants/fruit/vegetables come from and why?

Lead Subject: Science




Pupils should be taught to:


• Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.

• Find out and describe how plants need water, light and suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


Working scientifically


• Ask questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.

• Observe closely using simple equipment.

• Perform simple tests.

• Identify and classify.

• Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

• Gather and record data to help answer questions


Cross curricular links with English and Maths

Instruction writing – How to plant a bean

Narrative based on – Pumpkin Soup

Data handling – daily weather chart, results table (plant experiment),

Measures – weight, capacity (cooking), length - (measuring cress).

Sorting - Plant hunt, plants vs not plants, living vs not living.

2D shape - garden/flower artwork.


Outdoor opportunities

Plant hunt – How many types of plant do we have in our school?



WOW Factor!

Making pumpkin soup

Acrimboldo pictures



Key Text:

Pumpkin Soup



Art (Link to Van Gough’s paintings of sunflower, Vase with Gladioli, Irises)

Pupils should be taught to/about:


• Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

• Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

• The work of a range of artist (Van Gough’s/ Acromboldo)


DT (Link to making a simple herb garden or window box for growing plants )

Pupils should be taught to:

• Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users  (research different herb garden and/or window box designs.)

• Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks e.g. cutting, shaping, joining and finishing.

• Select from and use a range of material and components, including construction materials according to their characteristics. (Plastic bottles and yogurt containers, glass jars, wood, sponge etc.)



Pupils should be taught to:

• Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK.  (Link to how the four seasons impact on cycle of  plant growth.)

• Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Pole (look at one or more of the world’s climatic regions in terms of vegetation zone e.g. Tropical, Tundra, Savanna, Desert, Temperate, Mediterranean, monsoon etc.)

• Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the location of world vegetation zones.


Field work opportunities


• Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the school grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.  (Link to plants in the school grounds and/or plant in the local park and/or in a wooded area nearby.)

• Use aerial photos and plan perspectives to recognise human and physical features and devise a simple map (showing plant life) and use and construct basic symbols in a key.


History (A famous botanist e.g. Sir Walter Raleigh,  Albert Einstein, David Bellamy)

Pupils should be taught about:

• The life of a significant individual in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.



Pupils should be taught to:

• Use technology purposefully to create, organise. Store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

• Use key words to search a specific resource for information, e.g. Espresso and other websites, under the guidance and supervision of an adult.

• Locate specific, teacher defined, age appropriate websites, through a favourites menu and /or by typing a website address (URL) into the address bar in a web browser.




Pupils should be taught to:

• Use their voices expressively and creatively by signing songs and speaking chants and rhymes (Could sing songs like An English Country Garden, Lavender Blue and In and Out The Dusty Blue Bells)

• Play tune and untuned instruments (to recreate the feeling of the seasons or to accompany a rhyme of chant).






St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

90 Oakhill Road

SW15 2QD


Tel: 020 8874 1888



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