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

Fashionable forests

Understanding the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees

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. This resource focuses on understanding the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees.

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 the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, in terms of their foliage and changes across the seasons. The difference will also be reinforced by comparison with behaviours relating to the wearing of clothing. It can also include the creation of a ‘class tree’ where learners write their names on leaves and attach them to a paper representation of a tree on a noticeboard.

This activity could be used as a main lesson activity to teach the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. It could also 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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