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Science and Technology Tasks Week 9

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Before the session: You may want to collect real bulbs or seeds and have in a bag.


What does this bulb need to start growing?
How could we care for this bulb? (Give it water, warmth, nutrients.)
We often think that bulbs need soil, because in this country we usually see plants growing in soil. But plants can grow just in water, so long as the water has the right food in it to keep the plants healthy.

                                                      Hydroponics means 'growing plants in water'.

Can you imagine where it would be really useful to be able to grow plants without soil? Especially edible plants? (Cold places with no soil - Iceland, Antarctica, hot places with no soil - Sahara, Mars.) You are going to set up your own hydroponics investigation! Maybe you are preparing for life on Mars, in the Sahara or Antarctica!



When you have finished following the instructions on the resource sheet, you may want to tape the bean bag onto a window or peg onto a washing line. Predict what they think will happen to the bean. You may want to use 'My Bean in a Bag Diary' sheets and ask them to fill in the first week. But you may also want to take pictures and use JIT MIX, Pic Collage or Book Creator to record your results.  What happens if you place one bagged bean in a cupboard? Talk about what might happen to the bean and its growth. Challenge: Use the word 'predict' when discussing this.

This week we are going to make a Fabulous Fruit Salad.  


Here is a suggestion of what you could make..


2 satsumas

4 strawberries

8 seedless red grapes, halved lengthways 

8 seedless white grapes, halved lengthways 

2 bananas

2 x 15ml spoons orange juice



Chopping board, table knife, large bowl, a 15ml spoon, 4 serving bowls.



  1. Peel the satsumas and separate into segments.
  2. Pull the stalks from the strawberries and cut into slices.
  3. Peel the bananas and cut into slices.
  4. Place all the fruit in the bowl and add orange juice.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together.


Top tips

  • Try using different types of fruit such as peeled and sliced kiwi fruit, chunks of fresh mango or canned pineapple.
  • Instead of orange juice try another juice, such as apple.
  • You could serve your fruit salad in a hollowed out fruit such as melon to make it look attractive.


Food skills

  • Measure.
  • Peel.
  • Slice.
  • Combine and mix.


Can you make your own fruit salad? Will you design it before you make it?

What equipment will you need?

What ingredients will you need?

How much do the ingredients cost you?


While you are making your own fruit salad take each of the whole fruit and ask the children if they can name the fruit and if they know what it looks like inside. Ask them to describe how they think it looks. Halve each fruit to reveal the insides and ask the children to describe what they can see. ( You could use this opportunity to draw the more exotic fruits!) 


Explain that we can grow some fruit in the UK but some fruit will only grow in other countries.  Ask the children if they know why. Explain that some fruit can only grow in hot countries where there is plenty of sun.  Give examples of this type of fruit, e.g. banana, pineapple, mango, star fruit.


Things to think about....

  • Which fruit is yellow?
  • Which fruit is round?
  • Which fruit is big?
  • Which fruit is small?
  • Which fruit has lots of little seeds?


How can you show us your fabulous Fruit Salad? Will you send us a video or photo? Will you use JIT Mix to write your recipe next to your picture? Will you use Purple Mash to insert a picture into a template or will you write your recipe and keep it safe to show us?