Age range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Science

Dryads diary

Describing how a deciduous tree changes over a year

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. In folklore or Greek mythology, a dryad is a nymph that inhabits a tree or wood. In this activity, which needs to be carried out over a school year, learners will record the changes in a deciduous tree within the school grounds.

Trees and their leaves are an important part of our natural environment. We can use our science knowledge to better understand them and hence the environment around us!

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will be shown how a deciduous tree changes across the seasons, then either as a class or individually recording how an individual tree changes over the school year.

This activity could be introduced as part of a main lesson activity at the start of the school year. It could then be followed up on a weekly (or periodic) basis over the year, with learners building up a record of how identified tree within the school grounds changes over time. This could be used either to create a book of or a classroom display.

It could be used as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focusing on the use of science to understand the natural environment.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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