One of a series of booklets written to support plant science in the Primary Curriculum. This topic extends pupils' understanding of the parts of a flower and their functions, with a range of fun activities to reinforce pupil learning.
This is the second theme in the series, published in two separate booklets: Part 1 (Parts of a flower) and Part 2 (Pollination, fertilisation, fruits and seed dispersal).
In Part 1, the topic starts by introducing children to the basic parts of a flower and their functions, helping to build on their understanding of the parts of a plant, covered in booklet 1 of the series. It provides a range of activities that include dissection of a flower to see its parts – the sepals, petals, stamens and stigma, style and ovary – and how they are arranged, ways of making simple models of a plant and card games that are fun but at the same time reinforce children’s learning and help them to be ready to move on to the next stage.
The 6 'Plants for Primary Pupils' booklets were written in conjunction with the Field Studies Council, and copies were sent out to all UK state primary schools. For extra print copies, please contact the FSC. The booklets can also be downloaded in PDF form from the links on the right. Worksheets are also available online in Word format for editing in your own classroom.
Science and Plants for Schools and the Field Studies Council are grateful for permission to include the following copyright photographs and artwork. Photographs: All photographs are by John Bebbington FRPS. Artwork: All artwork, including cartoons and cover artwork by Anne Bebbington, with the exception of Figure 8. Illustrations used in Figure 8 are reproduced by courtesy of The Cavendish School, London.
Members of the Writing Group: Anne Bebbington (FSC and SAPS), Colin Bielby (Manchester Metropolitan University), Janette Kean (Westfield Primary School, West Lothian), Ruth Thomas (Cavendish School) and Erica Clark (editor, SAPS). We are grateful to Maggie Bolt and John Hewitson for their skill and effort, and to the following who reviewed the text and activities during the development of this booklet: Rosemary Boaz, Mary Haworth, Judy Vincent, Paul Warwick and.