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Key Stage 2 - Sunflower: Seed to Flower and Beyond

The story of the life cycle of a sunflower unfolds as pupils observe the different stages using plants grown in our Nursery.
Photo of sunflowers growing in the school garden
The final stage in the life cycle of the sunflower


Using living plants grown in our Nursery pupils observe the life cycle of a sunflower - from seed to flower. They compare and contrast dry and soaked seeds. They take seedlings out of the soil and can look carefully at the root structure. They observe closely how the different parts of the plant change as it grows to its full height.

  • Length: approximately 45 minutes
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum)
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit. See our Prices and FAQs page for more information

Prices and FAQs

Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.

This session offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • sequence the plants to show the sunflower life cycle
  • observe closely the changes which occur as the plants grow
  • identify the basic structure of the plant and its function
  • compare the different stages of the plant
  • record their findings photographically

Curriculum links

This KS2 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Lower KS2
Year 3 – Plants

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal