- How do cacti survive living in the world’s driest places?
- What is the process by which a plant uses the energy from the sun to make its own food?
- Which are the biggest trees in the world?
- Which part of the sunflower can you eat?
- What is the green colour pigment in leaves called?
- What colours are the flowers on Sturt’s desert pea?
This term the science focus has included learning about Biological Science and Life systems. Students have investigated the needs of living things, how they grow and change, and explore how our senses are used to make decisions about situations they may encounter.
Did you know many of our everyday meals come from seeds?
Many students planted seeds and had the challenge to look after their seeds and assist them to germinate into plants. We discussed how much we rely on seeds which remain a large part of our everyday diet. These include nuts, beans, peas, coffee beans (for parents), and a large range of cereal crops (barley, oats, rye, rice and wheat). The wheat is further used to make many of the everyday foods we eat like bread, pasta and breakfast cereals.
Did you know?
– Cereal grains are high in carbohydrates, low in fat, good sources of protein and contain fibre, vitamins and minerals.
– Look closely at a chickpea grain and you can see its name comes from the small peak that resembles a chicken’s beak.
– Peas (a legume crop) have a unique ability to improve soil by adding nitrogen in the soil. Nitrogen is essential for plant growth and development.
– Rolled oats are oat grains that have been rolled flat and steam treated so they are softer and easier to eat and digest.
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- There stems can store water and are often protected by spikes?
- The process is called photosynthesis
- The Giant Sequota in the U.S. can grow to 83m tall
- You can eat the seeds
- Chlorophyll, it collects the energy from sunlight
- The flowers on Sturt’s desert pea are red, with black centres.