Allotment Topic Home Learning
For the Summer term, our topic is 'Allotment'. Take a look at some of the home learning activities that you can be having a go at, linked to our topic.
Home Learning Ideas
Have a go at some of these Allotment engage activities, to hook you into the topic!
Use a local council website to identify the location of other allotments in the area. Search for these on an Ordnance Survey or online map. Use the map and the data provided to find out the size of each allotment plot and the key geographical or human features nearby.
Make observational drawings or sketches of plants, fruits, vegetables, leaves, flowers, seeds and bulbs,using coloured and soft writing pencils. Look at a selection of botanical drawings for inspiration and explore how the artist captures the plant’s form.
Work with parents or carers to make tubs and planters from recycled wood, raised bed kits, old tyres and bricks. When we return to school, these can be placed in an area of the school grounds with sufficient space for growing produce. Fill with soil and compost ready for planting.
Find out what different types of compost are made from by exploring their textures and smells. Analyse the different components of commercial composts by checking the ingredients listed on packaging. Investigate which materials are biodegradable by burying a selection of items, such as newspaper, apple cores, banana skins, bread, crisp packets, socks and a toy car, in a raised bed or other soil-filled area. Make predictions as to which materials they believe will biodegrade and those that won't. Label the area clearly and leave the items for the duration of the project before unearthing them to see what remains. Compare and display digital photographs of the items before and after being buried. Identify which items changed the most and least.
Have a go at some of these Allotment develop activities, to delve deeper into the topic!
Tints and Shades
Develop detailed drawings and paintings of plants and flowers from plant and flower observations. Begin by using magnifying glasses to study the patterns on petals and leaves as well as the veins and tiny hairs to inform their drawing. When painting, concentrate on adding black and white to paint to create tints and shades of colour.
Note: Artists mix tints and shades of colour to show light, dark, colour brightness and intensity through their artwork. Aim to show the dark and light areas of your chosen plant or flower, and colour intensity in your own pieces. You could look at the work of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe who is well known for her detailed flower paintings.
Visit the local supermarket, shop, market or greengrocer to talk about where they source their fruit and vegetables and where they originate. Annotate world maps to show the origins of some fruits and vegetables. Establish which foods are grown in which hemispheres and explain what this means about the conditions the food plants need for their growth. Think about which foods cannot be grown in the UK due to our climate. Collect food labels and display on a map to show where our foods originate.
Note: If unable to visit a supermarket or local shop, use supermarket websites to research fruit and vegetables available, their details and origins.
Caring For Plants
Observe and monitor new plant growth throughout the topic, learning how to care for developing seeds, bulbs and saplings. Water, weed and feed plants to help them grow and take photographs to document the growing plants and how to care for them. Keep a plant diary to document plant growth. Remember to look out for signs of pests and disease!
Find out which fruits and vegetables can be planted in the current season using a range of sources, and read instructions for how to plant and care for each plant. Follow the instructions using homemade planters and raised beds and watch them grow! Find out about companion planting and its benefits for plant health and growth.
Build a simple propagator using two clear plastic containers with holes in the bottom. Fill one container with compost then plant their seeds and cuttings. Turn the other container upside down to create a ‘roof’, making sure that there is room inside for plants to grow. Label the propagator to show what was planted and when. Place temperature and light sensors both inside and outside the propagator. Attach the sensors to a data logger and record measurements throughout the day. Plot the data on a simple line graph.
What affects germination?
Follow a simple scientific method to explore the germination rate of seeds in four different conditions: at low temperature (4°C – in a fridge), at room temperature (21°C), in the light and in the dark. Make predictions for which seeds will germinate the quickest to slowest, then make regular observations, recording accurately and clearly. Can you explain your results?
Farming in the UK
Find out how many different types of farming are in the UK using web-based maps to identify which regions support each type. Draw a sketch map of the UK showing the different regions and plot your village, town or city on the map to see which region you are nearest.
Make tasty dishes using some of the UK’s commonest crops. Follow recipes to make seasonal fruit flapjacks, porridge drizzled in local honey, or use wheat flour to make homemade bread or pasta.
Explore and dissect a flowering plant, identifying the structures and key features associated with sexual reproduction, such as the carpel, stigma, style, stamen, anthers, filament and pollen. Take photographs at different stages of the dissection. Draw diagrams or upload pictures and annotate with the names and function of each part for sexual reproduction.
Pollinator Life Cycle
Choose a pollinator and research its life cycle. Draw a diagram to illustrate the life cycle, ensuring the correct scientific terminology is used. Discuss what you have found out, comparing and contrasting the life cycles of the different pollinators.
Creative Composting Challenge
Closing Date: 9th May 2020
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