Horticulture

Objectives:

To Identify plants; to be able to assess soils and understand  their physical and chemical properties; to know the physical structures of plants and to understand their development and physiology, to know how to grow cops outdoors and in protected environments.


Term

Autumn
Elective 1

Spring
Elective 2

Summer
GCSE Preparation

Unit

Plant Identification: Trees, Conifers, Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Climbers, Herbaceous Plants – Annuals, Biennials, Perennials, Pests, Beneficial Organisms

1: Understand the Basic  Principles of Plant Science

2: Seasonal Practical Activities

1: Understand the Basic  Principles of Plant Science

2: Seasonal Practical Activities

8: Participate in Horticultural Crop Production Outdoors

12: Participate in Protected Horticultural Plant Production

Time

12 Weeks

12 weeks

12 weeks

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The physical structure of plants:

Plant structure and function

External structures

Internal structures

Cells, tissues and organs

The development and physiology of plants:

Life cycle types

Monocots and dicots

Germination

Reproduction

Fruit formation

Seed dispersal

Photosynthesis

Cellular respiration

Water uptake, movement and loss

Seasonal practical activities:

Harvest crops outdoors

Prepare plants grown in protection for sale or display

Plant bulbs in containers and in open ground

The physical structure of plants:

Plant structure and function

External structures

Internal structures

Cells, tissues and organs

The development and physiology of plants:

Life cycle types

Monocots and dicots

Germination

Reproduction

Fruit formation

Seed dispersal

Photosynthesis

Cellular respiration

Water uptake, movement and loss

Seasonal practical activities:

Prepare sites and plant crops outdoors

Establish and maintain crops in the school polytunnel

Know how to maintain plants in the school polytunnel

Outdoor Crops:

Prepare sites and plant crops outdoors

[eg onions, carrots, mange tout peas, leafy crops, brassicas]

Maintain and harvest crops outdoors

Prepare cropping schedules for outdoor crops

Establish and maintain annual and herbaceous ornamental plants

Indoor Crops:

Protected growing environments used in plant production

Establish crops in the school polytunnel

[eg tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes, peppers, chillis, watermelon]

Maintain plants in the school polytunnel