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Potty about plants @ The Warriner 1st May

We were very lucky to have a warm sunny day for our Science related trip to The Warriner linked to our topic on plants. Marie gave us a warm welcome and explained that we would be able to spend the whole day in the outdoor classroom. 

What did you have for breakfast? 
We were a little bit puzzled to begin with when Marie as us this question. Some of us had had Alpen, Cheerios, porridge, toast or croissant for breakfast. Then Marie asked us to think about what made these foods and then we began to realise that we had all eaten plants for breakfast. She showed us some wheat, barley and oat seeds which is how most of our breakfast began. We also had a go at grinding some wheat seeds to make flour. 

Tree ID

We then had a run around the whole of the outdoor area, taking care by the ponds. Marie set us the challenge to identify six types of tree using picture clues to help us. We found Elder, Cherry, Willow, Hawthorn and Sycamore trees. 

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Making a paper potter

Back at base camp, Marie showed us how to make a biodegradable pot for a seed. We used strips of old newspaper and a paper potter maker to create our pots. Then, we made a name label using a lolly pop stick before we planted a sunflower seeds. We are now looking after these sunflower seeds at home to see who can grow the tallest sunflower in Class 2.  

 

We talked about what a seed and plant needs to be able to grow successfully using the knowledge that we have gained in class. 

Parts of a flowering plant

After a well deserved snack, we talked about the different parts of a flowering plant and thought about what the job / function of each part is. Marie challenged us to make a picture / diagram using the natural materials in the outdoor area and label each part with the cards she gave each group. 

Pollination - Buzz Off! 

Marie showed us a diagram of the inside of a flower, like they use at The Warriner. She talked to us about how bees are really important to plants and showed us how bees try to reach the nectar at the bottom of the flower whilst at the same time getting covered in pollen from another part of the flower. When the bees fly to another flower to get the nectar, the pollen from the first flower falls off into the new flower and that is how flowers are pollinated. 

 

We had great fun playing a game that showed us how pollination works called The Pollination Game but we renamed it Buzz Off! as the bees have to buzz off and pollinate the flowers. 

Bees

Back at base camp, Marie showed us how to make a model bee using the seed from an Alder Tree and some yellow string with biodegradable plastic wings already attached. We had to try and wrap the string around to make the stripes of the bees body. 

 

Food Chains

Our final activity was a bit of an introduction to our next Science topic which will include looking at how plants and animals are interconnected by food chains in a food web. Marie, gave each group a pack of cards which include animals, plants and the sun where we had to use the clues to put the food chain in the right order. We learnt that all food chains start with the sunshine and then a plant which could be dead plants. 

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