Science KS1 / KS2: What do plants need to survive?

In this film we discover what causes various ailments in plants, and under what conditions they can thrive.

Through systematic and funny observations of plants being kept under poor conditions by plant shop owner, Ivy, the fundamental needs of plants are introduced, e.g. light, air, water, nutrients and space.

This is from the series: Ivy's plant shop

Teacher Notes

After viewing, pupils could plant 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.

Curriculum Notes

This film will be relevant for teaching Science/Biology at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Early and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

Also at Foundation, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

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