Welcome to Sunflower School!
I’ll give you everything you need to teach SIX units all based on sunflowers – all planned and prepped for you, plus you get bonus printables!
Science, math, literacy, nature study, art, recipes, and play…. there’s so much to learn about sunflowers!
A complete programme of learning, in partnership with the seasons
I’ve designed the lessons to match the natural growing cycle of our sunflowers.
:: In the spring we’ll focus on planting and watching our plants grow.
:: In the summer we’ll learn about bees and pollination, and celebrate the gorgeous blooms through art.
:: In the late summer and early autumn we’ll turn our attention to harvesting, sustainability, and closing of the growing year.
There is so much to learn from sunflowers!
Everything you need to learn about sunflowers, all in one place
:: six complete units of lessons and printables running from spring through to early autumn
:: 28 engaging activities and lesson plans that your children will love
:: 30 pages of printables that make teaching so easy
:: a balanced programme of math, science, literacy, arts and crafts, nature study, recipes and play
:: a practical resource that you can start using today, in class, at home, and in the garden
:: weeks worth of learning all planned for you, to take you through the full cycle of the growing year
:: created with children aged 4 to 8 in mind
This is a super resource for families, schools, and gardening clubs!
Here’s exactly what you’ll get in your Sunflower School resources
April :: Planting and measuring
- How to grow sunflowers with children
- Sunflower seed growing lesson
- Key vocabulary
- Charting your seeds’ progress
- Graphing your results
- The parts of a sunflower plant
- How to make a sunflower height chart
- My Sunflower Journal
- Sunflower number mats
- Seed labels and sunflower stickers
May Part One :: Bees and Pollination
- Learning about bees lesson
- What kinds of bees are there?
- What do bees look like?
- Do bees sting?
- The waggle dance!
- How do bees make honey?
- What is pollination?
- How can we help bees?
- Bumble bee craft
- Visual thinking strategies lesson
- Who lives in our garden? investigation
- Bee alphabet activities
- Bee number activities
- Bee handwriting and scissor-skills
May Part Two :: Words, Books, and Poems
- Sunflower poems
- Sunflower books
- Sunflower word mats
June :: Sunflower Art
- Handprint sunflower craft
- Watercolour sunflowers
- Scratch art sunflowers
- Sand sunflowers
- Sunflower art inspired by Van Gogh and O’Keeffe
July :: Shape and Symmetry
- Shapes and symmetry in nature
- What shape is a sunflower?
- How big is a sunflower?
- Sunflower circles: diameter and circumference
- Measuring with standard and non-standard units
- Exploring symmetry in plants
- Lateral symmetry
- Radial symmetry
August :: Seeds and Sustainability
- Harvesting sunflower seeds
- Seed envelopes
- School fundraising
- Sunflower seed investigation and sensory play
- How to make a mason bee house
- Sunflower seed oatmeal cookies
- Sunflower seed crackers
PLUS 30 PAGES OF BONUS PRINTABLES!
- My Sunflower Journal printable
- Lined, plain, and half-and-half journal pages
- Sunflower poems printable
- Sunflower sticker sheet
- Printable plant labels
- Sunflower counting mat
- Sunflower addition mat
- Sunflower subtraction mat
- Sunflower word mats
- Bee number cards
- Bee writing and scissor skills pages
- Garden Creatures page
- Honeycomb alphabet
- Printable seed packets
About Cathy James
I’m passionate about keeping children connected to nature and a creative childhood of hands-on learning. My own children have grown up in the garden, at the beach, and in the forest. We use nature as a vital part of our home education curriculum and it makes our learning joyful and deeply connected to the rhythmic cycle of the year.
I’m the author The Garden Classroom (published by Roost Books) and used to work in school running the Year Four Gardening Club. I’ve also worked in preschool, high school, and as a childminder, where my provision was rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.
With over twenty years experience in education I want to share what I’ve learned with you, so you can feel inspired, confident, and supported to give your children the best start in life. Let’s work together to deliver lessons that are engaging, impactful, and fun!
The Sunflower School resources are available now for only $19.99
Includes all six units PLUS bonus printables pack.
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