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food forests, windbreaks, living fences, etc. You can give the learners some guidance on what trees to plant, or you can leave it up to them.

Answers to questions Check the drawing and labelling of the flowers and whether they have been correctly identified as wind- or insect-pollinated.

Curriculum Links Core content and knowledge NS Life and Living Sexual reproduction is the process by which two individual plants or animals produce another generation of individuals. The next generations individuals look like the parents but always have slight differences from their parents and from each other.

Outcomes NS LO2: Learners know, interpret and apply scientific knowledge

Assessment Assess the flower drawings and labelling. Also assess each learners tree seedling according to how well they grew and cared for it and the skills they show in plant propagation.

worksheet 10.2 Growing plants from parts of a parent plant

The aims of this worksheet are similar to those of Worksheet 10.1:

  • to teach the vegetative reproduction topic of the Natural Science content

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  • to give learners practical skills of growing trees from cuttings

  • to start to propagate trees for the school food garden

  • to build up a supply of plants for a school nursery.

Activity 10.2 Growing trees from cuttings Each learner will need: potting soil, strong plastic packet at least 20 cm long, sharp knife or secateurs, tree cuttings

This activity involves each learner in growing a tree from a cutting. As with Activity 10.1, this is a good homework activity. Give a due date 6 weeks away when the rooted cuttings must be brought to school. Keep reminding the learners about their cuttings. Once they are brought to school, and are big enough for transplanting, you can use them for food forests, windbreaks, living fences, etc. You can give the learners some guidance on what trees to plant, or you can leave it up to them.

Curriculum Links Core content and knowledge NS Life and Living

New plants can grow from parts of a parent plant. This is called vegetative reproduction and does not need seeds. The new plants have all the characteristics of the parent plant.

Outcomes NS LO2: Learners know, interpret and apply scientific knowledge.

Assessment Assess each learners rooted tree cutting seedling according to how well they grew and cared for it and the skills they show in plant propagation.

Tips for starting a nursery A nursery needs daily care and attention, so you should put it close to water and to your classroom. You need the following conditions for a successful nursery: a source of water, propagation structures, rich soil suitable for raising plants, good quality planting material, control of pests, diseases and weeds and record keeping and labelling. We will look at each of these in turn.

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