- The food unit explores science in a context that is crucial in any curriculum. It links real world experiences to aspects of plant science from germination and plant growth, to human dependence on insect pollination for fruit production.
- Classification of plants into families underpins the need for humans to recognize edible plants which lead on to healthy eating and questions about the sustainability of food supplies.
- The resources here aim to promote working like a scientist. Children are encouraged to generate their own questions, experiment and find evidence, record outcomes, use scientific language in discussion, transfer new knowledge to real world situations and present their findings.
- Module 1 Thinking about edible plants
- Module 2 Looking closely at seeds
- Module 3 Profiling a vegetable
- Module 4 Plant life-cycles
- Module 5 More vegetable life-cycles and
‘The Carrot Top Mystery’
- Module 6 Bees visit flowers
- Module 7 Bee enquiry
- Module 8 Pea life-cycle mystery
- Module 9 Parts of a plant and their functions
- Module 10 Identifying fruits and vegetables from evidence
- Module 11 Healthy eating and sustainability
- Module 12 Scientists sort plants into ‘families’ (Botanic Garden)