This term in science we have been learning about plants. For the past few weeks we have focused on trees and have been learning about the different parts of a tree. The children enjoyed hunting around the school grounds and finding the roots, trunk, branches, leaves and crown of different trees. The roots were especially difficult to find but the children noticed that they were sometimes visible above the soil if they hunted under the autumn leaves. We learnt that bark is the protective layer around a tree’s trunk and the children used wax crayons to complete bark rubbings. This showed us the texture of the bark which was bumpy and rough.
This week we have been learning about evergreen and deciduous trees. Because it is autumn, it was really easy to spot the difference as the evergreen trees were still bright green whereas the deciduous trees were losing their yellow and brown leaves. We walked around our school field and counted the number of each type of tree to complete a tally chart. At the end of our walk we had found that we had a lot more deciduous trees in our school grounds than evergreen trees.