Year 4 Science Lesson. Flowering Plant Life Cycle and Field Trip (Part 1)

Field trip to observe flowering plants in the school grounds.  

Like many naturalists, scientists and indigenous people before us, humans have been curious about plants and the benefits provided by them. This lesson focuses on flowering plants within the environment of the school grounds. Inquiry question: What flowering plants grow in the school grounds?

Before the field trip.

• Before going on a field trip within the school conduct a risk assessment

• Determine the field trip locations students will visit

• Pose the inquiry question, what flowering plants grow in the school grounds?

• Let students know that the area of science to do with plants is botany. Students are going to think and work like botanists to answer the inquiry question. They will be beginner botanists.

• Discuss sun safety and how to safety pick flowers and take other plant specimens while on the field trip.

• Discuss what equipment to take on the field trip, eg: o safety glasses o secateurs or scissors o container o camera o ice for first aid

• Have a container to put the plant specimens in.

• Ensure students are safely ready for the field trip, for example, has hats on and shoes laces are tired.

• Students can also take photographs of the flowering plant as part of the identification of the flowering plant and to help answer the inquiry question.

During the field trip.

• Walk to the locations to conduct the field trip to collect samples of flowering plants.

• Demonstrate how to safely collect flowers and parts of a plant.

• Take photos of the flowering plant and environment of the plant. Back in the classroom students will describe the location. For example, near the remnant bush behind the library and Year 6 classrooms, or at the bottom of the oval near the back fence.

After the field trip

• Using a magnifier or USB microscope students inspect the flowers and plant parts collected.

• Students sketch what they have collected (eg. the flower, or stem, leaves and flower) like what a botanical artist would do. The sketching of the plant specimens could be integrated with The Arts (visual arts) learning.




• Flowers collected could be pressed.

• Mature flowers could be dried and then inspected to collect seeds.

• Display photos, plant samples taken from the plant and students sketches or other art work within the classroom, as a representation of the flowering plants found in the school grounds.