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This week we will be looking at the plants we don’t like in the garden or green spaces.

These are the plants that start growing where we didn’t plan them to grow. They are called WEEDS.

Common weeds are dandelions, daisies and nettles.

 

Go out into your open space and see if you can find any weeds.

To make our gardens and parks look nicer we often pull out weeds to let the plants that we prefer grow better.

 

Find a dandelion plant and see if you can pull it out of the ground. Make sure you get the roots, which can be quite difficult. Now draw the plant, roots and all. Label it.

Make sure you get these labels on.

Roots

Stem/stalk

Leaves

Flowers

Petals

Seeds

 

What other labels could you put on your drawing?

Look very carefully when you are drawing. Is the root straight down? Are the leaves the same colour all over?

 

Did you find a dandelion clock? A dandelion will turn from a yellow flower to a fluffy white head. They say if you take a big blow, the number of seeds left on the flower head tells you what the time is. Do you think this is true?

Watch this short film about how a dandelion changes from a yellow flower to a fluffy one that you can blow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ_QqtXoyQw

 

Grow some seeds. Save the seeds from any fruit and vegetables that you have eaten, apples, oranges, peppers, tomatoes, chillies and see if they grow. What will they need?

From the time you see the start of growth, draw the seeds every day. Make a seed diary.

 

Year 1 targets from the national curriculum

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
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