What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Explain that we will be thinking about what forests are like.
In groups, pupils draw and/or write what they think they would see in a forest.
This activity can be used as a baseline assessment for pupils to reflect on their own learning. Repeat at the end of the topic on forests and findings can be compared. Pupils should be encouraged to think of their own questions for each other to assess learning together.
Differentiating for ability, facilitated reflection may be required, adapting the suggested reflection questions below:
To what extent do the pupils demonstrate greater breadth and depth in their understanding?
Ideally, take the children to visit a forest or local wooded area (if not possible then use adapted activity below*). Give them 5 minutes to explore individually and bring back 1 thing they find that they would like to share with the group. In whole class circle, pupils share item and explain why they chose it. Pupils then group themselves with others who chose similar items. They must come up with 5 feelings which the items evoke to bring back to whole group. Teacher records the feelings and brings items back to class.
*If a forest/wooded area visit not possible: