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Super Scientists and Incredible Inventors

This term we will be finding out about famous scientists and inventors.    Scientists from all around the world are in the news everyday at the moment as they work hard to discover more about the coronavirus and find a vaccine for it.  These activities will  help you learn about the important discoveries made by scientists  in the past.

Week 1 - 8th June - Plant Hunters 

L.O: To find out how new plants arrived in this country


  • Go on a plant hunt. Complete the Plant Hunt Activit y Sheet to record which plants you find.
  • Watch the  Plant Hunters powerpoint parts 1 -3  to learn the difference between 'native' and  'non-native' plants and  find out about the Plant Hunters  who  collected plants from other parts of the world and brought them to the UK.
  • Carry out the Plant Hunters Activity Sheet   to show    facts about each famous explorer.
  • Watch the Plant Hunters powerpoint part 4   to find out how the explorers looked after the seeds they collected and learn about the explorer, Joseph Banks.
  • Imagine you are a Plant Hunter and you have discovered a new plant.  Use the New Discovery Activity sheet to draw your plant and explain its requirements to grow healthily.  

Here are all the activities from last term's Plants topic.   Keep going with these if you haven't completed them yet!

Activity 4

L.O:  Explain the different ways that seeds are dispersed by plants and investigate wind dispersal

  • Watch  my Seed Dispersal  video   on  the VRC
  • Watch the Seed Dispersal powerpoint to understand why  seed dispersal is necessary for flowering plants.
  • Watch the   BBC Clip  to discover  the different ways flowering plants disperse their seeds.
  • Try the Seed Dispersal  Sorting Activity.
  • Watch the  'Paper-Copter' investigation powerpoint and investigate how to keep the paper-copter in the air for longer.

Activity 3

L.O:  Investigate how water is transported in plants.

  • Watch  the 'Changing Flower Colour' investigation  video on  the VRC
  • Watch the 'Parts of Plants' powerpoint and try some of the activities about  the functions of the roots, stem, leaves and flowers.
  • Watch the  'Moving Water' powerpoint to learn about how water moves through a plant.
  • Predict   which flower you think will change colour first.  Try the 'Prediction Puzzle'  activity.
  • Look out for my updates  on the class blog to see the results!
  • Try the investigation at home - you can use lettuce, celery, cabbage leaves or a white flower.

Activity 2

L.O: To understand the role of bees and other insects in the pollination and fertilization of flowers

  • Take the Flower Power Quiz.  Who are the flower experts in your family?!

  • Watch the two video clips to learn all about the role of insects in the pollination and fertilization of flowers.

  • Use the activity sheets to show the stages in the pollination process - can you sequence the cards?

  • Watch the pollination video made by me and Bella at school.  It shows Bella's finger puppet bumblebee visiting different flowers.  Have a go at writing a 'wildlife documentary' style voiceover explaining how the pollen (coloured glitter!) is transported from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another by the bumblebee.  

  • Make your own bumblebee puppet (or use the template below) to create your own pollination videos using your 3D  flowers, drawings of flowers or real flowers. 

  • Look for signs of pollinators at work in your garden.  Share your photos!

Bella's Pollination Video

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Watch this video and notice how the sticky glitter pollen is transported by the bumblebee pollinator as it buzzes from flower to flower feeding on nectar. Can you write a 'wildlife documentary' for the clip, explaining the pollination process?

Activity 1 

L.O: To identify and describe the  functions of the different parts of flowering plants


  • Watch the video below by Maddie and  Greg to learn about the different parts of flowering plants and read the eBook.
  • Have a go at dissecting a flower  - you could use a daffodil, tulip or any flower that's growing in the garden (ask your grown up before you pick any flowers though!)
  • Create a  poster showing the different parts of a flower.    Label the different parts  and describe their function.   Design your own poster or use the activity sheets to help you.  
  • Have a go at building a model of a flower, showing the male and female parts.
  • Become a botanical artist -  read the powerpoint below and   produce a detailed drawing of a flower.  (If you cannot use a real flower - use one of the photographs in the powerpoint)
Keep your posters, botanical art and  3D flowers safe  - they will be helpful later this term when we learn all about pollination and fertilisation.