Watch Out! Carnivorous Plants About!
Year 4 this week have been looking at the weird and wonderful world of carnivorous plants! We have investigated the various means these insectivorous plants attract and trap their prey to gain nutrients. Some plants have evolved to eat insects and animals (some exotic pitcher plants can be big enough to eat rats!) as the soil is lacking nutrients such as nitrogen which the plants depend upon to make proteins to grow their cells.
The Year 4 pupils really took to these interesting plants and researched how they can use glues, slippery liquids, nectar, snap traps, suction and lures to entice and ultimately incarcerate their prey. Armed with all this knowledge and understanding, they went about firstly designing their own carnivorous plants and then making them from bright card!
The results are incredibly alluring, just be careful not to get too close to some of them in case you cannot escape!