Sessions Overview

Science Year 1
Biology Strand: Plants
Help chn identify & name a variety of common wild & garden plants, including trees.
Name & draw the main parts of a range of plants. Chn grow their own flowers &
vegetables from seed & harvest the food to eat! Study plant changes through the
Descriptions of Sessions
Session A
Session B
Wild plants
Session C
Garden plants
Session D
Local walk
Session E
Main parts
Session F
More parts
Session G
Session H
Seasonal changes
Session I
Discuss with chn what we mean by plants and why plants are so important to
us & pass round some edible plant parts. Chn plant flower & vegetable seeds,
including some cress ‘hair’. Chn draw their favourite edible plant. Briefly
discuss healthy eating!
Help chn to identify & name a range of wild plants, including wild flowers and
trees. Compare & contrast the plants. Discuss taking care of wild plants in the
environment. Chn make a class book about wild plants found locally. What do
we mean by weeds?
Establish that we grow plants in our gardens to eat, look nice, play on (lawns),
etc. Compare & contrast some commonly grown plants (including trees).
Explain how important flowers are for bees. Chn create a class book about
garden plants. Eat the cress!
Organise a walk in your local environment for chn to identify & name local
plants. Agree with chn how they will take care of plants they are observing.
Chn write a short report about the walk including a description of some of the
plants they found.
Establish the main parts that flowering plants have – leaves, roots, stems and
flowers & mention their functions. Look in detail at some plant leaves – colour,
texture, shape. Chn draw & label simple plants. Eat examples of main plant
Help chn identify & name other plant parts, e.g. petals, twigs, buds. Look in
detail at tree bark & the overall shape of trees. Do bark rubbings with chn.
Show them a range of tree paintings before giving them the opportunity to
paint their own.
Show chn how it is possible to make lots of different marks with pencils on
paper. Model drawing an enlarged plant part with lots of detail. Chn look at
different plant parts using magnifying glasses & then carefully draw & label
what they can see.
Establish what is meant by the four seasons & discuss how plants change
during the year. Use descriptions in poetry to inspire chn! Look in detail at tree
buds – a sign of spring when a haze of green appears! Use autumnal leaf
colours in prints/rubbings.
Discuss harvesting crops – vegetables, fruits, cereals, etc. in autumn & how this
is celebrated all round the world. Chn harvest, cook/prepare & eat their own
vegetables with help. They make corn dollies & try mooncakes & write about
what they have grown.
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Science Strands KS1
Year 1
Plants Biology
Animals, including humans Biology
Everyday materials Chemistry
Seasonal changes Physics
© Hamilton Trust 2014 Y1 - Science
Year 2
Living things and their habitats Biology
Plants Biology
Animals, including humans Biology
Uses of everyday materials Chemistry
Hamilton Trust
Science Year 1
Biology Strand
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