Friday, 10 May 2019

Year 5 Science: Dissecting Plants

As an introduction to Year 5's new science project 'Life Processes and Living Things', our pupils dissected a plant. By carrying out this careful operation, they were able to discover first hand the reproductive parts of plants.

Firstly, the flower head was split into two, revealing the stamen - made up of the anther and filament - and also the carpel - made up of the stigma, style and ovary. Next, the children gently opened to the ovary to reveal the ovules which are present inside.

Year 5 discussed the importance of the wind and insects in the pollination process. However, the children did identify that, although some species of plant rely on outside help for pollination, others don't. This practical activity fully engaged the children, enabling them to develop their understanding through their own discoveries.