Learning By Topic KS1: Gardening And English

Theme/Spelling words: seedling, germination, flora, pollen, flower, leisure, nursery, water, weeding, gardening

Collect twigs, stones, leaves and other items from your garden and use them to spell out your theme words.

Write your theme words in sentences; try to use connectives, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in your sentences. Top Tip: If you are unsure of the meaning of any of these words look them up in a dictionary with the help of an adult.

Write out a list of the items you will need when planting your seeds (see second activity in Science).

Now write or draw the steps for planting your seeds with the purpose of creating a list of instructions. Top Tip: You may like to film it instead and pretend you are the host of a gardening show! (Genre of writing: Instructions)

List as many adjectives as you can to describe gardens.

Write an acrostic poem for your favourite flower/plant/tree.

Write a story with the title: The Magic Garden. (Genre of writing: Narrative)

Discuss why you think gardening is such a popular leisure activity. You may wish to carry out this activity in vlog style and record it! Top Tip: If you are going to make a vlog, write a draft first. (Genre of writing: Discussion).

In Jack and the Beanstalk, the Giant is always portrayed as the villain but if you think about it, Jack was the one who broke into his house and stole from him! Write a version of the story from the Giant’s point of view where he is the victim and Jack is the villain. (Genre of writing: Narrative and Literary Recount)

Make a list of all the things you and your family do in your garden e.g. different types of play, cooking a barbeque, hanging washing on the line etc.