How does your garden grow?

Primary KLAs:
Creative and Practical Arts, Human Society and its Environment, Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology
Educational levels:
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4

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This Stage 2 resource grew from a conversation between young students questioning why they could still buy grapes if they were out of season. This wondering led to a discussion around when we grow certain fruit and vegetables. The original stimulus was extended to cover planting for the seasons and factors that influence healthy plant growth. At the end of their learning, students will have the understanding that the seasons, as well as a number of other factors (sunlight and soil temperature, pH level and type), influence what, when and where we plant our fruit and vegetables.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(GE2-1) examines features and characteristics of places and environments

(GE2-3) examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

(MA2-1WM) uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas

(MA2-2WM) selects and uses appropriate mental or written strategies, or technology, to solve problems

(MA2-3WM) checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used

(MA2-18SP ) selects appropriate methods to collect data, and constructs, compares, interprets and evaluates data displays, including tables, picture graphs and column graphs

(ST2-1WS-S) questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

(ST2-2DP-T) selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

(ST2-4LW-S) compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

(ST2-5LW-T) describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter

(ST2-7MW-T) investigates the suitability of natural and processed materials for a range of purposes

(ST2-10ES-S) investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth's surface

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSHE034) Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events

(ACSSU002) Living things have basic needs, including food and water

(ACSSU032) Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways

(ACSHE050) Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships

(ACSIS053) With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge

(ACMMG040) Name and order months and seasons

(ACMMG063) Make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features

(ACMSP069) Collect data, organise into categories and create displays using lists, tables, picture graphs and simple column graphs, with and without the use of digital technologies

(ACHASSK049) The ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples maintain special connections to particular Country/Place

(ACHASSK067) The location of Australia’s neighbouring countries and the diverse characteristics of their places

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Gardens, Gardening, Soil, Fruit (Food), Vegetables, Environmental preservation, Seasons, Plant growth
Collaborative Internet project, Communication activity, Critical thinking activity, Practical activity, Project, Research project
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Resource ID: 47f6a0ab-7c0b-4874-b50d-f2ed4a237029