Through this unit childrenlearn that plants and animals reproduce as part of their life cycleand that in every life cycle there are distinct processes andstages. They should begin to understand how reproduction isimportant to the survival of the species.
Experimental andinvestigative work focuses on:
making observations and comparisons
Work in this unit also offerschildren opportunities to relate their knowledge and understandingof science to their personal health and to consider ways in whichliving things need protection.
Some of the work in this unitis likely to be undertaken in relation to the schools programmefor personal, social and health education and must be consistentwith the schools sex education policy.
Builds on Units 2A Healthand growth and Unit 3B Helping plants grow well
to understand the role of light and water inplant growth
to be familiar with the structure of plants(excluding flower parts)
to be able to use standard measurements ofvolume and length.
Links with Units 4A, 5B andpersonal, social and health education.
In this unit children willhave opportunities to use:
words and phrases associated with life processese.g. reproduction, life cycle
names for parts of a flower e.g. stamen,style, stigma, sepal, petal, ovary, pollen
names for processes related to life cycles andassociated verbs e.g. reproduction/reproduce,germination/germinate, pollination/pollinate,fertilisation/fertilise, dispersal/disperse
descriptions and explanations using a sequenceof ideas.
collection of pictures of plants with fruite.g. apple trees, vines, dandelions, beans, horse chestnut,tomatoes
examples of flowers e.g. mallow,buttercup and pictures of flowers
collection of fruits and seeds including thosedispersed by different mechanisms
pictures illustrating the plants from whichseeds come
rapidly germinating seeds e.g. radish,spring onion
containers in which to germinate seeds
soils etc in which to germinate seeds
secondary sources e.g. video, CDROM,reference books showing newly born animals and givinginformation about gestation periods