Education packs – seasonal

Spring

Bee on a flowerExplore pollination, including how plants attract pollinators, how pollen is transferred and how to label parts of plants and flowers.

  • Pollination - KS1 (PDF, 2.5MB) - Coming soon!
  • Pollination - KS2 (PDF, 2.5MB) - Cominig soon!

Summer

An acornFocus on seed dispersal with games and activities that identify the characteristics of seeds and experiment with dispersal strategies.

  • Seed dispersal - KS2 (PDF, 1.4MB) - Coming soon!

Ask pupils to each bring a sock that can fit over their shoe. You'll also need to provide sample seeds, such as dandelion, beetroot, conkers or acorns, sycamore or maple, gorse, butterbur and a berry such as hawthorn.

After your visit, explore the subject further with the Seed dispersal activity sheet and watch videos of seed dispersal on the BBC Nature website.

Autumn

Hedges in autumnLook at photosynthesis and the role it plays for plants and humans, as well as what happens to leaves during the autumn.

Teach pupils about photosynthesis before your visit with resources for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (PDF, 110KB).

You will also need copies of the Woodland Trust's activity sheet on why leaves change colour.

After your visit, explore the subject further with activities for Key Stage 1 and projects for Key Stage 2.

Winter

A foxHunt for signs of animals you might find in winter and discover how they survive the cold weather through tracking activities and den building.

Before your visit, look at the traces that animals leave behind with our Who Left What? activity sheet (PDF, 1.29MB).

You will also need the RSPB's guide to making casts of animal tracks. After your visit, take the casts back to the classroom and identify the prints you found.

Teach Key Stage 1 pupils more about den building by reading The Bear's Winter House, by John Yeoman.

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