Resources

Resources for schools: Key Stages 1 and 2

Anatomy of a plant

All kinds of very easy to use explanations about the anatomy of plants including games. First brought to our attention by Allison and Joey.

Crop Rotation

One of two activities that are intended to teach kids about crop rotation.

Download: Crop Rotation (PDF format)

Crop Rotation Game

One of two activities that are intended to teach kids about crop rotation.

Download: Crop Rotation Game (MS Word format)

Food for Life Curriculum Pack

The Food for Life Curriculum Pack is designed to provide teachers at both Key stage one and two with a wide range of engaging and informative food and farming related activities. The pack gives pupils a chance to immerse themselves in the issues surrounding food and its production from ‘the plough to the plate’.

Download: Food for Life Curriculum Pack (PDF format)

Garden Organic Teaching Zone: Sowing the seeds

A resource pack for teachers to support teaching of the life cycle process of plants for Key Stage 2. This pack is available for download, both as the complete pack and in separate sections.

Growing School Garden Teachers Resource Pack

This resource aims to help all teachers use their school gardens and grounds as a creative learning resource. Contains 22 factsheets and a wall poster.

KidsGardening: School Gardening

Plantscafe: Conservation

This topic suitable for Key Stage 2 introduces the concept of plant extinction, illustrating the threats that endanger plants in the wild, the need for their conservation and the different means in which this can be attained.

Pupils will see what scientists can do to conserve plants and the environment and by means of role play games, play decide games and explore invent sessions, will be encouraged to engage with plant conservation and to think about the sustainable development of their own country.

Plantscafe: Experiments about plant growth

Unlike animals, plants do not have to feed on other organisms. They collect energy from the sun and build most substances needed to grow by themselves. This process is called photosynthesis and is one of the most important processes on earth. It maintains the gas balance in the atmosphere and is the basis of most food chains.

Through a range of experiments and observations children at Key Stage 2 can understand the topic of air and photosynthesis.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Information for teachers suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2.

Session Plan: Composting

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Download: Session Plan: Composting (MS Word format)

Session Plan: Looking after Wildlife in the Garden

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Session Plan: Planning a Vegetable Garden

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Download: Session Plan: Planning a Vegetable Garden (MS Word format)

Session Plan: Seed Sowing in Pots and Salad Harvesting

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Session Plan: Understanding Soil

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Download: Session Plan: Understanding Soil (MS Word format)

Session Plan: Weeding

Session plan developed by Food4Families tutors.

Download: Session Plan: Weeding (MS Word format)

Setting up and Running a School Garden - A Manual for Teachers, Parents and Communities

An online manual based on experiences of setting up and running school gardens all over the world. It takes you through all the steps of planning a garden project. There are also lesson plans for children aged 9-14 years which complement garden activities. The appendices include horticultural notes and factsheets on nutrition.

FAO, 2005, KS2-3

Woodland Trust: Nature Detectives

Nature detective packs created by the Woodland Trust.