This primary resource introduces children to different plant species. Discover the huge variety of unique and unusual features that plants can possess. Which species of plant is the biggest? Which is the stinkiest? How do the characteristics of plants differ across the globe?

Pupils will learn about the peculiar features of the plants shown here, their sizes and where they grow in our National Geographic Kids’ Plants primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for discussion about the similarities or differences in the characteristics of plants. Why do plants have different features? What do they need them for? The resource could be used as a printed handout for each pupil to use for a case study about their chosen species of plant, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for class discussion.

Activity: Ask children to use their individual print-outs to make flash cards about each species of plant. Pupils could be divided into groups and assigned two or three flash cards each. As a class exercise, challenge pupils to answer questions by identifying themselves from their groups if they have the correct flash card (i.e. Which plant fools hungry animals? Can the parasitic plants stand up? Raise your hand if you think your plant is hairy, etc.).


N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This Science primary resource assists with teaching the following Lower Key Stage 2 Science (Year 3) objectives from the National Curriculum:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers 
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  •  investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.


This Science primary resource assists with teaching the following Sciences Third level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution
  • I have collaborated on investigations into the process of photosynthesis and I can demonstrate my understanding of why plants are vital to sustaining life on Earth


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