An animation which explores the conditions a plant needs for growth. Various plants are shown, from sunflowers to water lilies. The clip traces the lifecycle of a plant, from its starting point as a seed or bulb. Five conditions for successful growth are established: water, light, a suitable temperature, air and time. Instructions are given for planting a sunflower seed and tending the plant.
After viewing, pupils could plant sunflower seeds in pots. When the seedlings grow, they could place the pots in different locations around the school. For example, they could put pots in sunnier and shadier positions. When watering the pots, they should give the same amount to each plant. The children could measure the height of each plant at regular intervals and plot the results on a line graph. You could ask the children to suggest reasons for any differences in growth between plants in different locations.