We began my looking at the onion seeds we planted last week to see how many had germinated. Then we looked at the daffodils to see if they had begun to sprout yet. The children have recorded the measurements for these in their science books in a table that follows on from our statistics lessons we have been doing in maths. We shall record this data each week over the next 5 weeks.
Whilst last week we learnt that plants reproduce sexually, when pollen (male cell) from one flower fuses with an egg (female cell) in another flower; this week we learnt about how plants reproduce asexually. We started looking at the bulb and how this can reproduce by forming bulb-lets that are a clone of the mother bulb. We looked at how strawberries and mint produce runners, which then root into the ground creating a clone of the mother plant. Then, we discussed how cuttings can be taken to again, create a clone of the original plant. The children then took some cuttings of some ivy-leaved geraniums, having been shown how to cut them, remove the lower leaves and using rooting hormone powder. We are hoping that these will 'strike' and form roots and then we can plant some germaniums in the school grounds in the spring.
We have used the Cooperation Gem today.
A massive thank you to Mrs Cockerill's neighbour for the donation of the geraniums for the cuttings. Thank you!