Activity: Do plants need soil to grow?

This resource provides a set of videos and a practical investigation aimed at supporting working scientifically in the classroom and relating science to real world experiences. In the first video Professor Brian Cox joins a teacher to find out how to set up and run an investigation to find out if plants need soil to grow. Children try to germinate and grow plants from a seed using a variety of different materials instead of soil. Further videos show Brian Cox visiting an Industrial farm to find out about how they grow vegetables in a building and meeting a researcher looking at soil health.

A written resource, provided by Science and Plants at Schools, (SAPS), guides teachers in running the investigation in class.

Here is the link to the teacher’s guide and videos

This resource has been provided by the Royal Society.

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