Greetings one and all,
Carpe diem was a phrase first used by a Roman poet named Horace, who lived just before the time of Jesus. He was relating to a particular day when he was happily talking to a friend and all that mattered was that special moment with a loved one. It can often be like that can’t it, when you’re with someone you really know, who in turn, really knows and understands you…time stands still. Sadly, some of us have been unable to see certain relatives and friends during this challenging time, not face-to-face anyway. But gradually the skies are clearing, and if we remain safe and keep our loved ones safe too, we will be able to meet up again and seize the day.
Carpe diem, in the Latin, actually means ‘pluck the day’. In other words, enjoy the moment and take what you can from it when it’s ripe and you are at your very best. I’ve been thinking a lot about that recently, especially in regards to my children and the way they are noticing the natural world around them on a daily basis. They sort of jump around with their interests, one week it’s the greenness of everything, then its discussions about birdsong and the arrival of house martins, swallows and swifts; this week it’s been all about flowers. Why are flowers so very different from one another? What is their job? How do they display such beautiful colours and why? If I pick one, will it hurt them? Why do bees visit them?
So, that got me thinking. Firstly, I need to deepen my understanding of flowers and their purpose and secondly, I need to come up with a Loving Challenge that relates to flowers that we can all enjoy and have a go at.
Look at this detailed cross section of a mature flower. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce some of the scientific terms, the main thing to notice is just how beautiful and intricate a flower actually is, big or small.
Some flowers are dependent upon the wind to move pollen between flowers of the same species. Their pollen grains are light-weight and can fly away on the breeze. Many other flowers rely on insects or birds to move pollen. Their pollen is heavier and sometimes sticky! The role of the flower is to produce seeds, which are contained in fruit. The earliest known fossils of flowers and flowering plants date back 130 million years, in the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed the land.
Some parents name their children (girls) after flowers. Some common flower names are: Rose, Lily, Daisy, Holly, Hyacinth, Jasmine and Blossom.
How do they get their colour? This is due to the pigments within the plant. If the plant calls for pollination, they will usually produce bright and striking colours and sweet pollen, which will coax birds, bees and insects to land on it. As these animals eat the sugar or honey, some of the pollen with stick to their feet. When they land on another flower some of that pollen will spread and this is how pollination occurs.
My Loving Challenge this week:
Can you design your very own flower! Consider all the wonderful colours you could mix and use to create a flower that you think someone would stop to look at. A flower, or collection of flowers, that would take someone’s breath away, making them feel like time had stood still. See below some photographs (for possible design and colour ideas) that my children took on a flower walk at the weekend! Please feel free to share these new flowers with Mr Le Fevre and/or myself over the next week or so. Enjoy!
Thrive activities EYFS/KS1 – week 11
Thrive Activities for KS2 children – week 11
Helpful web links:
‘How to build a tower of cards’ – YouTube
‘MY LARGEST PAPER AIRPLAN E - How to make a Giant Paper Plane that FLIES | King Fighter - YouTube