Further resources and activities on plants

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust funds other organisations and initiatives that have produced the following related activities and resources

The Crunch

This Wellcome Trust initiative has a wealth of activities, resources, films, plays and much more, connecting our environment, nutrition and health – with many direct links to plants.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11, 14–16, 16–19

The Great Plant Hunt

This resource includes a range of Darwin-inspired practical activities for younger pupils, including exploring habitats, collecting seeds and growing plants, with dedicated teachers’ and kids’ pages.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11

Tree of Life

Explore the evolutionary links between living things with a series of curriculum-matched lesson plans, student worksheets and interactive games.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19

Debating Matters

Research topic guides containing key facts and questions on a range of subjects including plants. Additional sources and further reading on each topic are also provided. Debating Matters is a debating competition aimed at post-16 students.

Great for: 16–19

Authentic Biology

Sixth-form students undertake original research projects with guidance from universities. A great way to pursue extended research projects and to understand what biomedical research involves.

Great for: 16–19, projects

Philosophy for Children

This PDF resource describes a sequence of ideas to engage students in discussion about the social and ethical aspects of scientific advances. Adapt the scheme to suit different age groups.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11

Even more high-quality resources

You can find more resources from the National STEM Learning Centre. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource, etc.

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Images collection for images linked to plants, or look at the “for schools” tabs to see some selections. Great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more!

For teachers and support staff

The National STEM Learning Centre provides a range of excellent continuing professional development courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff.

Lead image:

The Crunch CC BY NC ND

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Plants’ in May 2016.

Genetics and genomics, Ecology and environment, Biotechnology and engineering
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects