Geography KS1: A visit to the Caledonian Forest

William Whiskerson travels to the Highlands of Scotland to meet his friends Lewis and Breya.

They journey to the ancient Caledonian forest and learn about the different types of trees that grow there, such as larch, spruce and Scots pine.

The explorers then meet some red squirrels and have a go at building their very own squirrel drey.

They also try field activities such as bark rubbing and bug collecting.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, challenge pupils to find the Scottish Highlands on a map of the UK. Can they spot any lochs?

Ask the children to sketch the leaves of the trees mentioned in the clip (larch, spruce, beech and Scots pine).

They could use a webpage or a book about trees as an information source.

Ask pupils to close their eyes and imagine what they would hear if they were standing in the Caledonian Forest.

Take a walk in your local neighbourhood and challenge pupils to spot trees with leaves similar to the ones they saw in the clip.

The children could collect leaves from local trees and with your help, use information sources to identify and name those trees.

Depending on where you take your walk, you may be able to take bark rubbings and collect bugs too, as William Whiskerson did in the clip.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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