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Barnburgh Primary School

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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

Engage Activities

Have a go at some of these Allotment engage activities, to hook you into the topic!

Use produce grown in an allotment (or that could be grown in one) to make simple and healthy dishes – perhaps a tasty vegetable soup or a herby salad? 

Local Allotments

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.

Allotment Drawings

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. 

Raised Beds

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.

See below or on the main Year 5 home learning page for the 'Creative Composting Challenge' competition

Develop Activities

Have a go at some of these Allotment develop activities, to delve deeper into the topic!

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.

Common Crops

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.

Dissecting Flowers

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

PLEASE NOTE: The email address on the application form is incorrect. Entries should be emailed to

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