England is celebrating Harry Kane’s hat trick and England’s 6-1 defeat of Panama
While England celebrates Harry Kane’s hat trick and England’s 6-1 defeat of Panama have you ever stopped to wonder about the role of turf in the game of football? The vast majority of games still take place on grass, a plant so humble that it sometimes seems to have been assigned the role of honorary artificial surface on a par with asphalt, concrete and tarmac. Indeed, many children need reminding that grass is a plant at all!
This free CIEC resource consists of three investigations into the best ways to grow grass. By the end of it children will understand that more than being just a plant, grass is a whole family of plants which look different from each other and have different qualities and that not all would be suitable for a football pitch. The grass needed for a bowling green would not be hard wearing enough for example.
|Children will understand that more than being just a plant, grass is a whole family of grasses which look different from each other and have different qualities|
There are also lots of opportunities for working scientifically including planning fair tests and observations over time. For example, in one activity children are asked investigate the effects of different drinks that are often spilled on grass in a range of municipal situations. They are then invited to predict and compare the effect on grass of watering with a range of liquids. In another they are asked to find out the optimal amount of water for healthy plant growth and in another to compare different growing mediums for a company which grows turf commercially.
|Why not involve the whole family and set one of these investigations as a challenge over the summer holidays?|
These activities have the potential to raise children’s science capital by helping them to understand the range of applications of science and how it impacts upon their current lives and interests. If you set it as a challenge over the summer holidays you could even impact upon the science capital of the whole family. Alternatively, you could take advantage of the lovely warm weather which is providing the perfect conditions for growing and experimenting on grass for an engaging end of term topic.