Science: Pollination and parts of a flower

This week, year 3 have been able to describe how pollen is transferred between flowers. They have been able to identify different parts of the flower and their functions. Children used role play to understand the pollination process. This was by one child acting as a bee and the other as a flower.

Children identify a bee that is clinging to a bee, they could see the pollen being rubbed onto the sticky hairs of the bee. 

 
Children were able to identify a number of seeds. They understood that berries are very much loved by birds and mammals alike. The main way seeds are spread is through animals eating them, digesting them, and then excreting them.
Children were trying to identify the features by using key words from their ‘dissecting’ mat. 


Children were able to dissect the flower and put the correct parts of the flower in each box. 

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  1. Why do flowers close at night and some are still open at night?
    They do this because one of the biggest has to do with the insects.Remember,many insects feed off the nectar of flowers. When they go to eat from a flower they get pollen on them.Pollen is powerdy that makes to sneeze. Anyway,bees fly from another flower to another,they take pollen from there legs. This is a very good protein for bees.If the plant is lucky the bee gets pollen from there to another flower and it makes seeds.

    What do flowers do in the day ?
    The tropical hibiscus and hibiscus flower feature one day blooms followed by death.

    Why do flowers die?
    They die because if you put to much water it’s going to die and also if you don’t to anything to your plant it will also did and if you keep it inside the house there going to be rotten leaves so make sure you look after your plants.

  2. If a bee sits on a flower it can collect nectar from the flower and carries it on their leg to another but they might drop a few when they go to another flowers.

    WHat do flowers do a night?
    At night flowers always stay awake and there just highly evolved. And we’re there ready for sleep they tuck themselves for bed.

  3. We learnt that the bee first goes to his first flower to get the nectar. Next,the bee goes to the next flower and drops the nectar he got first and goes on. Then he repeats.

    • A real good try Abinash!

      Nectar is a sweet substance, produced by some plants to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bees collect nectar and make it into honey. While collecting the nectar, pollinators ‘accidentally’ transfer pollen from male flowers to female flowers. This part is called Pollination! Well done for using key words!

  4. I really enjoyed when we pretended to be bees and flowers. I have learnt that bees suck the pollen through their legs and it transports it to another flower nearby.