Statistics (pictograms, bar charts & line graphs): Sunflower

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 and Year 4 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of statistics and line graphs.

Useful prior knowledge:

  • To interpret and present data using line graphs

Clip: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

It is thought that sunflowers were first grown by farmers in North America over 5,000 years ago for food, medicine, dye and oil. This remarkable plant can grow very quickly. Some tall sunflower species can easily reach heights of over 5 metres. Incredibly, a young sunflower’s face follows the sun from sunrise to sunset every day and repeats this cycle until maturity.

In this fascinating clip, we discover that sunflowers provide nutrition for a wide range of animals. Their brightly-coloured petals attract bees and butterflies, which feed on nectar and pollen. Why do you think birds and prairie dogs are attracted to sunflowers? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

The pattern of seeds within a sunflower follows the Fibonacci sequence:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,…

What is the next number in this sequence? How do you know?