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KS1 - Year 2 - Plants

Plant reproductionFree! 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B004

Children learn about the pollination of flowering plants by flying insects. They complete a diagram showing thge main stages in the insect pollination process.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2b1: observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
I can explain how flowering plants reproduce.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | Plant reproduction

Parts of a plant 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B001

Children learn about the four main parts of a plant - leaves, flower, stem and roots. They colour and label a diagram of a plant, describing the functions of its four main parts.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2b1: observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
I can label the main parts of a plant and explain their function.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | Parts of a plant

Plant life cycles 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B002

Children learn about the life cycle of a simple flowering plant - germination, growth, flowering and seed production. They complete and label a diagram of a plant's life cycle and explain the four stages.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2b1: observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
I can sequence the different stages in a plant's life.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | Plant life cycles

Growing plants 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B003

Children plant hyacinth bulbs and help them to grow by giving them soil, water and sunlight. Over a six-week period, children measure the height of the plant, sketch it and describe it.

  • ks1w2: observing closely, using simple equipment
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2b1: observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
I can record how the height of a plant changes over time.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | Growing plants

What do seeds need to germinate 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B005

Children learn about germination. They carry out an investigation into what seeds need to germinate. They set up 6 pots, 5 of which have one ingredient missing. They make predictions, and after 1 week, sketch and describe what has happened.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2b2: find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
I can investigate what seeds need to germinate.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | What do seeds need to germinate

What do bulbs need to start growing 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B006

Children learn about the function of bulbs. They carry out an investigation into what bulbs need to start growing again.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2b2: find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
I can investigate what bulbs need to start growing again.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | What do bulbs need to start growing

What do plants need to grow well 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B007

Children think about the 3 most important things needed for healthy plant growth. They use this to plan and carry out an investigation.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2b2: find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
I can investigate what plants need to grow well.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | What do plants need to grow well

Comparing Plants 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | OS2B008

Children investigate the needs of 4 different plants. They make predictions and observe the plants over a 3-week period.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2b2: find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
I can investigate the needs of different plants.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Plants | Comparing Plants