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Woodland Wonders

Learning Objectives


  • Investigate how tree growth is affected by light levels
  • Understand that trees have adaptations which suit them to their environment
  • Identify trees using keys
  • Role play how trees produce their own food
  • Visit the Major Oak tree


  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility
  • Learn safely in a new environment
  • Gain an appreciation of the environment and understand their role in caring for it.


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Set of for the woodland activity area (10 mins)
  • Activity: Find that tree! Whilst blindfolded children investigate different parts of a tree and then have to find the same tree after they been led away (15 mins)
  • Explore deeper into the woodland (10 mins)
  • Activity: Tree Art. Using natural materials make a tree sculpture. Annotate with labels of the key features. (15 mins)
  • Pupils go around view other tree art (5 mins)
  • Activity: Tree building. Pupils become different part of a tree (roots, leaves, trunk…) to demonstrate how trees make their own food (15 mins)
  • Activity: Tree ID. Using identification keys (10 mins)
  • Activity: Rubbings. Pupils to use a variety of tree species to carry out bark rubbings to highlight the differences in bark texture (10 mins)
  • Visit Major Oak. Discussion: Changes of the woodland and conservation (10 mins)
  • Return to the centre (10 mins)


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

ID Keys, tree picture labels, blindfolds, Build a tree props.

Equipment needed from school

Crayons and paper for tree rubbing

Adaptation and Differentiation

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions. Levels of difficulty can be altered with the labelling of the tree art.