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Below you will find the contents in the teacher's section of the Scottish Woodlands website.

The links below will allow you to jump to the relevant areas of the overview.

At the bottom of the page, you will find links that will take you to the flash site and the non-flash version of the site

Introduction

There are many exciting and innovative experiences for children in our Scottish Woodlands site which will support both independent and interactive learning.

Please use the pre-loader buttons on this page. This will save time downloading the activities in class and can be done beforehand.

If possible, pupils should watch the television unit which supports this site: What? Where? When? Why? - Woodlands in Scotland 1) The Native Woodland 2) The Deciduous Forest 3) The Commercial Forest. For transmission details click here.

Viewing these programmes would help the children as they attempt the various activities in the site.

Children undertake activities to find out more about the variety of life dependent on woodlands. Within the four areas, there are differentiated tasks to meet the requirements of the 5-14 Curriculum at levels A and B as shown below.


Curriculum match

Areas Tasks Level
What A healthy tree needs A
Where Wildlife photography A/B
When Seasonal changes A/B
Why Dead wood B
As a resource, at home or at school, use of this site will enhance development in the following areas:

SKILLS

- Carrying out tasks
Follow simple instructions

- Reviewing and Reporting
recognise simple relationships and draw conclusions


DEVELOPING INFORMED ATTITUDES

- A commitment to learning
Working independently to find solutions

- Respect and care for self and others
Participating in the safe and responsible care of living things and the environment


The Forest Code could be introduced as part of cultivating a responsible approach to the woodland environment. Here it is-

Follow the Forest Code
Guard against all risk of fire
Protect trees, plants and wildlife
Leave things as you find them, take nothing away
Keep dogs under control
Avoid damaging buildings, fences, hedges, walls and signs.
Leave no litter

Social and environmental responsibility
The importance of the interrelationships between living things and their environment.

Follow-up activities
In conjunction with this site, use of information books could be encouraged as well as using the internet. By using this site, pupils will gain knowledge of species identification, the wider environment and seasonal changes. These starting points will facilitate further study, through, for example, nature walks, a school survey of trees, plants and animals, reasons for and methods of litter collection, construction of food chains, and the introduction of the terms 'habitat', 'energy', 'predator' and 'prey'.

Children could develop a glossary to help explain new terms and information.

Personal and Social Development work could be developed through a theme of 'living' woodlands.


What Page

Strand: interaction of living things with their environment
Attainment target: give examples of how to care for living things and the environment

Level A - Trees are living and need sun, water, roots, leaves, bark, and care and attention to thrive.

Level A - Select and click the six essentials for a healthy tree.

When the game is completed, there is a song with animation.


WHERE PAGE

Strand: interaction of living things with their environment
Attainment target: recognise and name some common plants and animals found in the local environment

Level A - Use arrows to search around woodland and then use the mouse to click on birds, animals, plants and insects.

Attainment target: give examples of feeding relationships found in the local environment.

Level B - click and drag each living thing to its home in the wood.

Children can then click on wildlife to fill their own scrapbook, with the option to print.

Attainment target: recognise and name some common plants and animals found in the local environment.

Level A - View wildlife gallery

To allow children to learn about such unusual wildlife as the capercaillie and the Scottish crossbill, we have made pine forests a major focus in this section.


WHEN PAGE

Strand: interaction of living things with their environment
Attainment target: give some examples of seasonal changes that take place in the appearance of plants

Level A - Click on each season to see what happens to both a deciduous tree and an evergreen tree. We have made the general distinction that deciduous trees drop their leaves but evergreen trees do not.

Attainment target: give examples of feeding relationships found in the local environment

Level B - Study the oak leaf and acorn as the grey squirrel's food, and the pine needle and cone as the red squirrel's food. Help the red squirrel collect pine cones for the winter.

Attainment target: recognise and name some common plants and animals found in the local environment

Level A - view gallery of trees


WHY PAGE

Strand: interaction of living things with their environment
Attainment target: give examples of feeding relationships found in the local environment

Level B - Identify the importance of dead wood in forest life, and the variety of life it supports. Then, help the beetle escape from the woodpecker by correctly answering quiz questions, Level 1 and 2.


Site Navigational Aids

Help icon
In the flash version of the site, each section has a learning zone followed by a game/task/quiz to support the learning. A child may click on HELP at any time. There are also HINTS to help complete each section. Hints can appear as picture hints or text with audio.

Teacher's icon
In the flash version of the site, you will find this teacher's icon on the top left hand corner of your screen. On each page this tells the teacher how to complete the activity.
In the non-flash version of the site, there is a teacher's help page situated down the left hand side of the page.

Learn Again
Throughout the site, there is always the option to 'learn again' key information to aid completion of the games and quizzes.


Galleries

In the Flash version of the site, we have provided photographs of living things in the forest as a reward at the end of the WHERE section. Additionally, there is a gallery of photographs of trees and leaves at the end of the WHEN section.


Forward plan

We have provided a forward plan which you can print out. Here you will find information about levels, strands, and attainment targets for knowledge and understanding, skills, developing informed attitudes and ICT.

Download the Forward Plan
- Adobe Acrobat Format (30Kb)
- Microsoft Word Format (47Kb)

Download Assessment Record
- Adobe Acrobat Format (168Kb)
- Microsoft Word Format (60Kb)


Pre-loader buttons


To save classroom time you can click on the link above to preload the flash activities for WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY?
This will have to be done for each computer the activities will be viewed on.


Links

What? Where? When Why? - Woodlands - Flash Site
What? Where? When Why? - Woodlands - Non-flash Site

Forestry Commission
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/

Scottish Wildlife Trust
http://www.swt.org.uk/

Millennium Guide to Scotland's Woodland
http://www.scotlandswoods.org.uk/

Trees for Life
http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/

BBC - Scotland the Wild
http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/nature/scotlandthewild/

RSPB
http://www.rspb.org.uk/

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Central Scotland Forest Trust
http://www.csft.org.uk/

Scottish Natural Heritage
http://www.snh.org.uk/

National Trust for Scotland
http://www.nts.org.uk/

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