Plant & Soil Science

 

 

This programme has been designed to run for 8 weeks to meet the maximum duration of a half term during academic year 2019 / 2020.  If you wish to be reduce the programme to meet the duration of the half term, the content chosen to be removed is at the discretion of you, the customer.

 

 

Week One – Structure and Functions of Plants

  • Introduction to the structure and functions of plants 
  • Anatomy of plants 
  • Dissection of plants 
  • Photosynthesis 
  • Investigation on factors effecting the rate of photosynthesis 
  • Presentation of results 
  • Discussion

 

Week Two – Respiration & Water Uptake

  • Introduction to the science of aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Structure and functions of mitochondria 
  • Investigation on factors effecting the rate of respiration 
  • Presentation of results 
  • Theory of the movement of water including diffusion and osmosis 
  • Practical to demonstrate Diffusion 
  • Discussion of results
  • Practical to demonstrate osmosis 
  • Discussion

 

Week Three – Transpiration & Translocation

  • Theory of translocation and transpiration 
  • Estimation of transpiration rates using a potometer 
  • Estimating transpiration rates using a potometer 
  • Discussion of results 
  • Factors effecting water uptake and loss 
  • Group presentation of research 
  • Discussion

 

Week Four – Plant Growth & Development

  • Introduction to life cycle types such as ephemeral, annual, biennial and perennial 
  • Process and stages of germination
  • Types of germination 
  • Group research on forms of pollution and fertilisation including seed production, fruit formation, dispersal, asexual and vegetative reproduction 
  • The theory of cell division 
  • Microscopic evidence of cell division in root tip 
  • Formation of roots, shoots, buds and leaves

 

Week Five – Investigation of Soil Science

  • What is soil? 
  • Investigation of different soil types 
  • Discussion of observations 
  • The formation of soil 
  • Properties of soil particles 
  • Water holding capacity and human factors that can alter this 
  • Presentation of results 
  • Discussion

 

Week Six – Relationship of Soil & Plants

  • Theory of aeration, stability and organic matter of soil 
  • What is pH? 
  • pH levels of different soil types 
  • Investigation of pH levels of different soil types
  • Effects of soil structure on plant growth 
  • Group research on the benefits and problems created by cultivation methods 
  • Group presentation on the benefits and problems created by cultivation methods 

 

Week Seven – Human Influences of Plant and Soil Science part 1

  • Introduction to the human practices in use and management of soils that are sustainable 
  • The impact of deforestation and land clearance upon plant communities and soil formation processes 
  • Group research project on a deforestation and land formation to be presented in the form of either social media information, magazine article or video documentary 
  • Discussion of progress

 

Week Eight – Human Influences of Plant and Soil Science part 2

  • Recap on objectives of week six
  • Presentation of group presentation with peer and formal assessment 
  • Discussion
  • Impact of cropping and value of cropping rotation 
  • Investigation of research completed on value of cropping rotation 
  • Discussion of research 

 

NOTE: Some activities will involve learners working with tools and mild chemicals.  All schemes of works and risk assessments are available upon request

 

Certificates are issued to all attendees of the workshop upon completion

 

Contact Us

 

 

Email: 

enquiries@sherlockbone.co.uk 

 

Phone: 07817556773

 

 

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