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Key Stage 1 - Story of a Sunflower

The story of the life cycle of a sunflower unfolds as children observe the different stages using plants grown in our nursery.


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 plant changes as it grow to its full height, comparing it to their own growth.

  • Length: approximately 45 minutes.
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum).
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit.

Key stage 1 - school visit programme information
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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 lifecycle
  • observe closely the changes which occur as the plants grow
  • identify the basic structure of the plant
  • compare the different stages of the plant
  • record their findings by taking photographs 

Curriculum links

This KS1 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Year 1 Plants

  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

Year 2 Plants

  • observe and describe how seeds grow into mature plants