Key stage 1 (KS1) courses

Seasonal changes (KS1)*

As excellent way to introduce field studies to any age. 


Its aim is to give an awareness of the effect of seasonal changes not only to woodland habitat but also to a grassland or pond. This is achieved through the use of the senses and earth education/awareness activities that directly involve the children with their environment such as walking through the woods with their eyes closed, making smelly cocktails......

Areas covered

Autumn - Winter preparations of both plants and animals. A chance to become a squirrel and prepare for winter. Collection of fruits, seeds and mushrooms

Winter - Close examination of evergreen v deciduous trees. The variety of buds. A chance to improve detecting skills as animal signs, such as footprints, nests are a good focus at this time

Spring - Growth and reproduction are considered. It is a good opportunity to look at woodland flowers. Bird activity is at its best and there will be a chance to have a go at nest building

Summer - The variety of flowers insects can be experienced from within the meadow, butterflies being especially abundant. It is also very clear at this time of year the different effects light has on woodland and meadow life

National Curriculum links

Early Learning Goals (ELG):
Knowledge and understanding of the world - explanation and investigation; designing and making skills
Creative development - imagination
Personal, social and emotional - making relationships

Attainment Target (AT)
2: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a
3: 1a

Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
Science units: 1B, 1C, 1F, 2A, 2B, 2C


Minimum of 2 classes required for the half day option.

Environmental education service


Tel: 01689 860571

High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH