This week we have been observing and documenting the growth of the seeds we planted a few weeks ago. The children have been using magnifying glasses to look more closely at the changes and growth in their seed and documenting their observations through drawings.
Through shared reading experiences of non-fiction books such as ‘From Seed to Sunflower’ we have also been learning about the different parts of a plant (such as root, stem, leaf and flower) and stages of seed growth (e.g. root, shoot, seedling, plant). This has helped children to develop and use the language and terminology to describe plants and their growth.
Our children have been in awe of the growth of some of our seeds, particularly the snow pea seeds which are almost ready for planting.
Throughout the week, our children have been taking care of our garden by watering our lettuce and herb plants. They are becoming more aware of the needs of plants such as sunlight and water to grow.
Early Years Learning Framework:
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
- Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media