Key stage 1 (KS1) courses

Discovering plants (KS 1)*

A course for any time of year, the day will be adapted to suit each season.


Using sensory activities such as getting to know trees, mirror walks, colour comparisons, plants will be introduced in fun way so that pupils will appreciate their diversity. There will be a chance for closer observation to look at their structure, requirements and basic life cycle. 

Areas covered

  • an understanding of the variety of plants 
  • basic plant structure 
  • direct observation of plants - smallest/largest, wet/dry.... 
  • effect of sunlight comparing woodland and meadow plants 
  • collection of plants and parts dependant on season
  • sensory activities around colour, size, smells...

Close observation and drawings in the classroom; simple groupings of plants, similarities and differences; life cycle introduction using time of year as the starting point; plants as animal homes.

National Curriculum links

Early Learning Goal (ELG):
Knowledge and understanding of the world - exploration, explanation and investigation - find out about and identify some features of living things. look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
Mathematical development - shape, space and measure

Attainment Target 2:
3a - to recognise that plants need light and water to grow
3b - to recognise and name the leaf, flower, stem and root of flowering plants
3c - that seeds grow into flowering plants
4b - group living things according to observable similarities and differences

Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
Science units: 1A, 1B, 1D, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 3


Minimum of 2 classes required for the half day option.

Environmental education service


Tel: 01689 860571

High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH