Sow the Seed

Inspire pupils to understand farming around the world...

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 18

Subjects: Art, English, Maths, Science

Resource Overview

Our changing climate is affecting agriculture all across the planet, which is frightening for the 2.5 billion people globally who grow seeds as a livelihood. These thought-provoking resources from Oxfam are designed to encourage global citizenship, and to inspire pupils to understand more about the issues of food production. Through a range of activities, ranging from seed planting to creative writing, children can explore the effects of climate change in depth. 
An ideal project for the whole class or your eco team, these materials would make a great introduction to topics about sustainability, food, or international development. 

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Photo © Oxfam

Resource Assets


Teachers' Pack


'Make a Plant Pot' Presentation


Pupil Wallchart


'Get Active' Teachers' Guide


'Painting Plant Pots' Teachers' Guide

Curriculum Objectives

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems.
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
    • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
    • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.