The TICE team delivered a Horticulture workshop this week, with the help from year 2 at Amberley Primary School.

The main focus of the day was ‘What do plants give us’ and we thought carefully about the important role they play: in the food chain, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the air we breathe.

Slides from the presentation show a t-shirt made of plants, a car powered by plants and we considered the different role plants play in making a beef burger!
Slides from the presentation show a t-shirt made of plants, a car powered by plants and we considered the different role plants play in making a beef burger!

Next we looked at what plants need to grow and the clever tricks they use to reproduce.

What do these seeds have in common with our Velcro trainers? What qualities do these seeds share with a helicopter?
What do these seeds have in common with our Velcro trainers? What qualities do these seeds share with a helicopter?

After taking in a lot of new information about plants, it was time to put this to practical use.

The group made wild flower seed paper (more about that in a bit!) and everyone potted some basil seeds to take home. We copied out our own care instructions and it was useful to find out some interesting facts about basil; basil helps if you have a poorly tummy, or feel a bit blue and it also makes pesto pasta and pizza taste great!

Next, it was time to get creative! The group completed artwork using beetroot ink and homemade fountain pens (a drinking straw cut into a nib shape) and nature collages (all using school garden finds, recycled, natural papers and raffia)

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The work completed was very impressive – take a look for yourselves!

Beetroot ink sunflower and snowdrops.
Beetroot ink sunflower and snowdrops.
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A beetroot ink sun and apple – All of our studies focused on horticulture related images.
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Very simple outlines and shapes were used to copy from.

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A fern cone Mandela
A fern cone Mandela

After Dinner, we found out what we were going to do with our seed paper.

Introducing Terry the biodegradable flower!
Introducing Terry the biodegradable flower!

We considered what ‘biodegradable’ means and thought about the length of time different materials take to disintegrate. Tissue paper takes 2 weeks whereas plastic bags take 20 years and aluminium bags take 200!

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Taking into account how plants spread their seeds (this was easy to do on such a windy day) the group guessed that when Terry’s seed paper petals blow off, they will disintegrate and grow into wild flowers!

Step by step we made our own flowers.

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Next, it was time to get creative! The group completed artwork using beetroot ink and homemade fountain pens (a drinking straw cut into a nib shape) and nature collages (all using school garden finds, recycled, natural papers and raffia).

With some impressive cutting out skills and patient petal placing (!) year 2 finished the task. Everyone had their own flower, each with its own name.

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Thank you, year 2. What a fantastic day! The TICE team really enjoyed working with you.