Science KS1/KS2: Different types of leaves

In this short film for primary schools Martin Hughes-Games investigates variation in leaf material from a pine and broad leaf forest and discusses why some leaves drop and some leaves stay all year round.

He explores why nothing grows on the ground of a coniferous forest and how some trees are adapted to cope with harsh conditions.

He explains that both strategies are good - neither is better than the other.

This short film is from the BBC series, Evolutionwatch.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could collect plant material to create a colour chart to show the spectrum of colours that can be found in the forest.

They could go on a mini-beast hunt and compare their findings between the two woodlands.

Pupils could identify plants and trees, complete bark rubbings and regularly visit woodland to monitor changes in the environment.

They could also build habitat stacks.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching primary science, particularly on the topics of animals and evolution.

More from Evolutionwatch:

Why do animals and plants have camouflage?
How have animal skeletons adapted?
What is selective breeding?
How animals have adapted to become successful predators
Timeline of life on Earth