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Year 1
Plants

Plant a seed and watch it grow, go on a nature hunt and identify the different trees and flowers growing. Find out which trees are deciduous and which are evergreen. Hands-On Education are passionate about providing positive educational experiences for children through interactive and engaging hands-on activities. Whilst meeting the standards in the National Curriculum in England, our activities encourage children to play, explore, observe, build, create and much more.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 9 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 6 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Art and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
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Activity One - Plant A Seed

Activity 1
Plant A Seed

  • Sc1/1.2 observing closely, using simple equipment
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
Activity Two - Create A Garden Collage

Activity 2
Create A Garden Collage

  • Plant picture books

  • You can use as few or as many of these resources for this activity as you like:
  • Garden magazines
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Crayons / pens
  • Stickers of insects / flowers / plants
  • Scissors
  • Paper A4 / A3
  • Glue
  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Activity Three - Go On A Plant Hunt

Activity 3
Go On A Plant Hunt

  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
Activity Four - Deciduous And Evergreen Trees

Activity 4
Deciduous And Evergreen Trees

  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Sc1/4.1a observe changes across the four seasons
Activity Five - Leaf Printing

Activity 5
Leaf Printing

  • Some dry leaves
  • Paper A4 / A3
  • Water-based Paint - Autumn colours: green / orange / red / or whatever they choose
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Activity Six - Observe And Draw A Leaf

Activity 6
Observe And Draw A Leaf

  • A leaf
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Seven - Bark Rubbing

Activity 7
Bark Rubbing

  • Interesting tree
  • Paper
  • Wax crayons
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Eight - Observe And Draw Sticks

Activity 8
Observe And Draw Sticks

  • A variety of sticks
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Nine - Identify The Structure Of Plants

Activity 9
Identify The Structure Of Plants

  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
Websites

Woodland Trust
This website is great for advice on identifying trees and plants.

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
Activity One - Plant A Seed

Activity 1
Plant A Seed

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/1.2 observing closely, using simple equipment
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
Downloads:
Activity Two - Create A Garden Collage

Activity 2
Create A Garden Collage

Practical Resources:
  • Plant picture books

  • You can use as few or as many of these resources for this activity as you like:
  • Garden magazines
  • Tissue paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Crayons / pens
  • Stickers of insects / flowers / plants
  • Scissors
  • Paper A4 / A3
  • Glue
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Downloads:
Activity Three - Go On A Plant Hunt

Activity 3
Go On A Plant Hunt

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
Downloads:
Activity Four - Deciduous And Evergreen Trees

Activity 4
Deciduous And Evergreen Trees

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1a identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Sc1/4.1a observe changes across the four seasons
Downloads:
Activity Five - Leaf Printing

Activity 5
Leaf Printing

Practical Resources:
  • Some dry leaves
  • Paper A4 / A3
  • Paint - Autumn colours: green / orange / red / or whatever they choose
  • Paintbrushes
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Downloads:
Activity Six - Observe And Draw A Leaf

Activity 6
Observe And Draw A Leaf

Practical Resources:
  • A leaf
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Downloads:
Activity Seven - Bark Rubbing

Activity 7
Bark Rubbing

Practical Resources:
  • Interesting tree
  • Paper
  • Wax crayons
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Downloads:
Activity Eight - Observe And Draw Sticks

Activity 8
Observe And Draw Sticks

Practical Resources:
  • A variety of sticks
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Downloads:
Activity Nine - Identify The Structure Of Plants

Activity 9
Identify The Structure Of Plants

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.1b identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
Downloads:
Websites

Woodland Trust
This website is great for advice on identifying trees and plants.

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