Magic carnations Curriculum focus: Year 4: Slice the tops off carrots, swede, turnips or parsnips and plant them. Put the world in order Curriculum focus: Learning about plants in primary school. Print out a diagram of plant structures before you start, or help your child draw their own. Multiply plants with cuttings Curriculum focus: Think about how the environment could be improved — planting for insects, bird feeders, bug boxes, log stacks to provide overwintering sites.
Meadow flower monster Curriculum focus: More like this.
For more family-friendly gardening ideas mini wildlife ponds, cress heads and more and learning resources, including details of the Royal Horticultural Society's Campaign for School Gardening, go to the RHS Children website. With a magnifying glass, look for plants and insects and list the ones you find. Leave 12-24 hours. How do seeds grow?
After germination, list the structures — seed case, roots, stem, leaves — then eat them! Plant the shot in damp compost, 1. Slice 2cm diagonally from a white carnation stem. Year 1: Food Growing Schools: Decide on a manageable area and do a wildlife hunt, listing what you find, where and when. Note negative effects, too — litter, pollution, cats! Gardening is part of the National Curriculum framework, so it's vital children understand plants.
Key Stage 1 science — the curriculum.
When roots poke out of the bottom, pot up individually. Gardening Lab for Kids: Thinly sow the seed inside, then rake in. Identify the parts of a plant.