Year 7-9 Learning Continuity Packages

28th May, 2020: Session 4 Growing Food 2

Student Learning Continuity Program
Student Learning Continuity Program
28th May, 2020: Session 4 Growing Food 2

This is the fourth integrated session for Years 7-9 of the Student Learning Continuity Program, made possible by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

Topic: Continuation of Growing Food for Health, Self-Reliance and Food Security

Presenters: Rose Paia, Georgina Pita, Adrian Dorovia and John Kela

Recap of Photosynthesis from Session 3

Word equation of Photosynthesis:

Water combines with carbon dioxide in the presence of heat from the sun and chlorophyll to produce glucose and oxygen.

  • Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is responsible for absorbing the heat from the sun.
  • Water is important to be absorbed by plants (through their roots or root hairs) as a raw material.
  • Carbon dioxide in the air that we breath out is taken in by plants as a raw material
  • Glucose is a by-product of photosynthesis – high energy content in plants. So that is why it is said that we need to eat fresh from the garden so that we get good energy from the crops that we plant to do most of our work.
  • Oxygen is another by product of photosynthesis – we human beings need oxygen to breathe in order to live. Breathing in means taking in oxygen and this is what we said was referred to as the respiration process. Without oxygen, we will not be able to live. So it is important not to cut down all the plants around our houses. Why? Because these plants produce oxygen that we will need to breathe in order to live or survive.

Presentation – Last week we asked you to create a multi-media presentation or poster to demonstrate the photosynthesis process.

Here is an example of a creative way of presenting photosynthesis. We have made an Acrostic poem, using the word photosynthesis, and then using each of the letters of the word to start a phrase relating to photosynthesis.


P: Plants Produce healthy food as producers in our environment

H: Healthy food is important for healthy living and life 

O: Oxygen is the by-product of the photosynthesis process 

T: Through leaves, food is manufactured and transported to all parts of the plants

O: Our life and our breathing system depends on oxygen 

S: Sugar or glucose  is the main product of photosynthesis 

Y: Yam is an example of a healthy source of energy food we eat, which is a product of photosynthesis

T: Tomatoes are protective food, good for our eyesight, and  they are by-products of photosynthesis 

H: Home-grown food is nutritious, so grow your own food

E: Energy from the sun is trapped by a green pigment called chlorophyll 

S: Sunlight, as a source of energy for plants, is readily available in Solomon Islands

I: In this inclusive food making process, all living things can survive

S: So, students, share it, spread it, and send the message to your family, community, and friends

You can share the message of photosynthesis to your family, community, and friends because it is the process through which our food and life comes.


Ways to Start Growing and Caring for Your Own Food Gardens

Recap – We talked about a simple practical way in which you can advise your own family about growing and caring for your home food gardens.

It is important to take note of the many good things or benefits about growing your own food such as; eating your own locally grown food is nutritious, cheaper, readily available at home and it helps our families to become more self-reliant.

In order to enjoy the many benefits of growing our own food, ensure you follow the set of instructions that was given to you to follow to start a food garden.

Instructions in growing food.

  1. Select a suitable site or space for the food and prepare the garden for planting.
  2. If soil is not fertile, use compost. Plants need good soil to grow well
  3. Clear land of tall grass, bush & weeds
  4. Level the ground if there are big holes, then fill in with fertile or good soil.


Instructions contain very important doing words called verbs. Identifying these verbs and understanding them is important so that we can follow the instructions. In instructions, the way the verbs are structured makes them ‘Imperative’ Verbs, because they are giving a command or action that needs to be carried out.

  1. Identify the verbs used in the instructions for growing food (above).

(Hint: there are 6 imperative verbs used in the instructions). 

2. Select a local food eaten and grown in your village or community and write a set of instructions on how to grow this food. Or write a set of instructions to teach your friend how to grow and care for a particular vegetable or root crop such as beans or Chinese cabbage.

When writing your instructions on growing local food, you need to consider the following:

  • the items or objects that are needed (eg. land, space, access to water, air, garden, sunlight and the soil. These words are called nouns. 
  • more detail to describe the nouns – sometimes nouns are combined with adjectives (describing words) to form noun groups such as tall grass, big holes, suitable sites.
  • the actions that need to be followed. These actions are called verbs.
  • the order or sequence of the steps. Words such as first, secondly, then, next, after, and finally are sequence adverbs which describe when to do the action.
  • we can also use other adverbs to describe how to do the action. Usually these adverbs have -ly on the end – carefully, slowly, gently, etc.

In English, all the words that we assemble (put together) to make our thoughts or sentences complete have functions (a purpose).

Here is an example of an instruction with all of these different types of words:

Next, level the ground if there are big holes, then carefully fill in with fertile or good soil.

Each of the different types of words have been put in a different colour. Try to identify which type matches each colour.


Finally, remember students, that as stewards or caretakers of the creation we live in, we must use our God-given strength and skills by growing our own food in our home backyards or farms.

Gardening is for everyone and is good fun!

Everyone must have a food garden.

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  • This is great learning site Jessie,
    thanks indeed

  • Congratulations on this great work! Other countries in the region can learn from the Solomon Islands work here.

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