Plant growing
  • } Target year group: 5–11 and SEND
  • c Time: 40 minutes
  • u Links to literacy (writing instructions) and maths (measuring water) 

Learning objectives 

To understand how plants grow; to learn about the plant life cycle.

Resources needed

  • Egg box
  • Soil
  • Plant seeds
  • Water

Each step may take 10 minutes. Plant growing may take weeks.



Step 1

  • Choose your seeds (we used radishes).
  • Make a shallow furrow in the soil. The soil can be in your container or your garden - check the seed pack for details as different plants need different temperatures and times of the year.

Step 2

  • Take a few seeds from the packet.
  • Plant seeds at the spacing recommended on the packet.

Step 3

  • Label your seeds.
  • Cover your seeds gently.

Step 4

  • Wait for your plants to grow! Our radishes had grown small green leaves after two weeks.
  • Water the plants occasionally if they are indoors or there is no rain (the soil should feel damp). Ensure there is some space between the plants.

Step 5

  • Enjoy your home-grown veggies!


Ways to include all learners

Photographs. Short, simple sentences. Practical task.

How might this activity support social, emotional and mental health needs?

Connecting to nature improves wellbeing.