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Term 4

Our topic this term is entitled 'The Garden of England'.

As spectacular Scientists we will consider, ‘Do all plants require the same conditions to grow?’ What can we discover about growing plants? Plants have been growing for thousands of years and during this time people have been enjoying them as food as well as appreciating their beauty. The earliest civilisations ate the plants that were growing around them; today we not only eat some plants but grow plants for a hobby and to look at too! It’s not only people who enjoy eating plants – Peter Rabbit loves them too! We will learn all about him in our class text. As great geographers we will explore through carrying out our own fieldwork studies, investigating; How many birds visit the garden every day?, What animals live under stones in the garden?, What flowers do bees like best? We will then consider ways to share and present these findings.


What a busy start to term 4! We kicked off our topic learning this term – The Garden of England – by becoming scientists and setting up some class experiments!

We planted some cress and placed them under different conditions, some with and without water, and some with and without sunlight. We have made our predictions on which would grow the most and we’ll keep reviewing over the term to see if our predictions are correct. Dymchurch class have also started a cress diary to document how quickly the cress grows each day.


We have also used our gardening skills to plant some flowers for our school grounds and we will continue to take care of them throughout the term, we cannot wait to see how they bloom.




Year 2 spent an exciting afternoon with Southern Water planting lots of new plants in the playground. We are currently learning about germination and the life cycles of plants and were able to wow our volunteers with our knowledge of plants so far. Well done Dymchurch class!