Global Gardens (Old Curriculum - Please note that this Topic will be phased out in December 2017)

Gardens round and about the world (Old Curriculum)

This topic explores plants and growing things, looking at plant cycles and food chains, investigating the history of different plant-based products and the global context of different foods. Children also use plants in creating artistic and musical projects.

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This Topic was written for the old National Curriculum of England.  We have left it on the website so that teachers unconstrained by the new National Curriculum can continue to access this material.  Teachers in England would have to adapt this Topic to the new curriculum or use some of the new Topics available on the website. 

Please note, we will be removing Global Gardens from the website in December 2017.  If you think you might want to continue using this Topic after that date, please download and save it now. 

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01: Global gardens – pop-up books

Global Gardens kick starts both the theme and topic. Through this pop-up book children are introduced to the scope of gardens, plants and products. Children create a simple pop-up flower using instructions.

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01a: Gardens - poetry and colour

Using Global Gardens the plants and nature theme is extended to poetry. Children read poems and look at their content and structure. They write their own lines and versions.

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02: Global gardens – flowers and their uses

Starting with the pop-up flowers in Global Garden children explore different sorts of flower looking at common features. They recognise and name leaf, flower, stem and root, and draw a real flower labelling the different parts.

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03: Make flowers of tissue paper

Children continue their study of flowers reinforcing their recognition of leaf, flower, stem and root. They use their observations to generate some artwork, creating a tissue paper flower using imaginative design.

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04: Prepare for visit to local garden

Children prepare for a visit to a local garden by planning what to observe and how to record their findings. They discuss how climate affects what will grow, also different areas, for example flower beds, pond, etc.

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05: Go on a visit to a local garden

Making a trip to a local garden children employ fieldwork skills to make observations and record results. They use plans from session 4 to record what they see.

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06: Feedback from visit to local garden

Children feedback from their visit to a local garden. They discuss the climate, type of terrain and how the garden reflected these. Then they write about and communicate the findings of their fieldwork.

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07: Monet’s garden painting

Children follow their study of the local garden by looking at pictures by Monet of his garden. They locate Monet’s garden on world map and discuss climate. They paint their own version of Monet’s garden.

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08: Gardens around the world

Using the animated fact, Gardens Around the World, children adopt the perspective of a child in his father’s allotment thinking about gardens around the world. They describe what gardens are like in other places.

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09: Research gardens around the world

Using the animated fact, Gardens Around the World children embark on research about gardens in another country, having chosen their preferred location. They use a variety of sources and write simple notes.

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10: Our chosen world garden

Following their research in session 9 children discuss and agree how they will present their facts, using appropriate text and layout. They are planning a poster about the garden elsewhere in the world they researched.

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11: Posters on our world garden

Children conclude this raft of work on gardens elsewhere in the world by presenting their own research in the form of a poster using clear informative text and suitable layout and design. They share their findings.

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12: Make a garden on a plate

Children create a pretend garden drawing on magic trees! They plan and create a garden on a plate, using plants found in the local environment. They find out about these different plants and arrange their plate gardens.

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13: Close observation of cactus plants

Having created a garden on a plate children turn to cactus gardens. They study and identify different sorts of cactus, and then produce close observation drawings of their chosen plant.

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14: Deep in a rainforest - discussion

Using Deep in a Rainforest children look at pictures and locate rainforest areas within the world. They use imaginative language and similes to describe the rainforest and the creatures in it.

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15: Researching rainforests in colour

Continuing the rainforest study children focus on the plants and flowers particularly on Epiphytic Bromeliads and the frogs which live in these. Children then create a collage to represent the rainforest and how we feel about it.

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16: Rainforest animals – draw and label

Children conclude their work on the rainforest looking at images from the web and studying animals and birds of the rainforest, learning some of their names and identifying features. They layout and present information in text form.