Key Stage 2 programme - Story of a sunflower
In this session, primary school students learn about the life cycle of a sunflower - from seed to flower - using living plants grown in our nursery. The story of a sunflower workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
Sunflowers growing in the school garden at Wakehurst.
Students learn about the life cycle of a sunflower as they examine plants at different stages in their life cycle.
- Length: Typical workshop - 45 minutes.
- Group size: 30 students (maximum).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- sequence the sunflower plants to show the sunflower life cycle
- notice the changes which occur as the plants grow.
Links with QCA/DfE schemes of work
National Curriculum Science
- Sc2 Life processes and living things - Life processes; Green plants; Living things in the environment.
- Unit 3B: Helping plants grow well.
- Unit 5B: Life cycles.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of three activities of approximately 45 minutes each, two in the morning and one after lunch.
Once you've selected the combination of workshops and trails for your group, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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