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Autumn - Get Tree Planting

Conkers

Autumn Term's Do One Thing: Get Tree Planting

Trees help the environment in many ways, providing food and homes for countless species and brightening our streets and towns.

This term you will be able to help your pupils learn about trees through a range of practical activities.

Simply click the links below to download Teacher's Notes, Activity Sheets and Curriculum Guides.

You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to access these PDF files. BBC Webwise has a complete guide to downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat reader.

What you might see

    Boy in autumn leaves
  • Birds - The birds in the trees provide the soundtrack for our woodlands. We often find woodland birdsong familiar as these birds visit our gardens.
  • Tree seeds - It is autumn, a time when some trees are bursting with fruit and seeds. They provide a vital link in the chain of tree reproduction. Most people will see conkers, the seed of the horse chestnut tree, as they fall to the ground in the autumn.
  • Squirrels - Squirrels help the tree life cycle as well as making trees their homes. They eat the seeds of trees, such as the acorns from the oak. They collect more than they can eat, burying some for later and frequently forget where they left them. These seeds then grow into new oak trees.
  • A riot of colour - Where the birds provide the soundtrack for the woods, the leaves on the trees provide the colour. From the black bare twigs of winter through the fresh green of new spring leaves to the golds, oranges and reds of autumn they announce the arrival of the seasons.
  • Decaying wood
  • Through the Magnifying Glass - Even when trees have died they are still important for wildlife. The decaying wood provides shelter and food for minibeasts. Just roll a log over and see what is there. You are likely to see a wood louse or two, and perhaps some centipedes or millipedes.

What can children do?

Children will be able to:

  • learn how a tree works
  • find out about different types of tree
  • measure the size of a tree and work out how old it is
  • count the number of leaves on a tree
  • create natural art with twigs, leaves, fruit and seeds
  • make recycled paper
  • observe, monitor and identify wildlife
  • participate in a celebration of trees
  • plant a rowan tree!


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