Science KS1/KS2: Different types of leaves

Martin Hughes-Games investigates variation in leaf material from a pine and broad leaf forest.

He 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 clip is from the 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 clip will be relevant for teaching Primary Science at KS1/KS2,1st level/2nd level particularly on the topic of animals and evolution.

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