The pupils in 2nd and 3rd class have been studying plants in science in March. We have looked at the different parts of the plant and researched and discussed the job that each part of the plant has.
We carried out two investigations also.
We investigated the conditions needed for plant growth.
Pupils planted baby carrots, cress and peas, watered them regularly and left them in a warm, bright place (windowsill).
While planting, the pupils planted seeds and them left them in a dark cupboard, removing sublight from the conditions of growth, to investigate whether plants actually need sunlight or not.
They also planted another portion of seeds but did not give it any water, to investigate whether plants actually need water to grow or not.
As schools closed the following Thursday, all pupils brought home their plants to take care of them. Ms. Reilly is observing the plants in the cupboard and the one with no water during this time.
Pupils investigated the transport of water and nutrients up through the stem of the plant.
We mixed food colouring into water and put a celery stick into it.
We then observed the transport of water and dye up through the vessels within the plant. These vessels are called phloem (food/ nutrients vessel) and xylem (water vessel). The blue food colouring highlighted these vessels.
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