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Biology : Photosynthesis


Students will investigate the process of photosynthesis. They will look at leaves under a microscope and find out about their adaptations. Finally, students will look at how photosynthesis and plants are incorporated into the carbon cycle.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD15 – Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No.13 – Sharing thoughts freely and No.28 – Access to Education.

Example Key Words


The process by which plants use energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen.


A chemical reaction that releases energy. This happens in all living cells.

Limiting Factors

Factors that limit the rate of photosynthesis; Carbon dioxide, light and temperature.

Carbon Cycle

The movement of carbon through the environment.


The process of rotting/decay.

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