An introduction to seed germination and growth. The presenter explains how a seed takes in water and swells when it is planted. With the help of time-lapse photography, we see how a seed grows. First we see the roots growing down to find water, anchoring the plant. Then we see how the shoots grow upwards to find light. More time-lapse photography is used to show plants growing and flowering.

First broadcast:
8 October 2007

This clip can be used as an introduction to plant growth. The children could fill jam jars with cotton wool and grow bean plants. A camera could be set up to take pictures 3 or 5 times a day. When the photos are all put together, the children would have a short film of their bean growth. They could write a short commentary to accompany it.