Your challenge for this activity is to create a short, simple exercise workout that involves using a tree. For example, using the tree to complete standing push ups against or running from the tree to a designated point and back again. You will need at least 5 different exercises in your workout. The file below gives you some more ideas of exercises you could include. Write, draw or use the computer to record your exercise workout on a piece of A4 paper then bring it in to school this week or next week. We would like to laminate them to keep as part of our outdoor learning box. We may even try a few out when we are together next week.
Go on a maths walk. What can you see in the natural environment that is mathematical? Record what you see by drawing, writing or taking pictures. Think about these areas of maths:
Number - counting, grouping, sharing, multiplication facts, odd, even, prime, square and cube numbers, greater than, less than, decimals, fractions and percentages.
Shape - symmetry, reflections, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, nets and angles (obtuse, acute, right angles).
Measure - area, perimeter, volume, capacity, weight, length, units of measurement - both imperial and metric, time and money.
Research trees in your local area.
Make a fact sheet about them, draw their leaves, how do they change through the seasons?
Does the tree produce a fruit?
Are the trees common across the UK or do you only find them in your local area?
Can you do a leaf rubbing using paper and crayons?
Bring in some of the leaves from the trees you have studied on one of your days at school and share them with the rest of the class.
Secrets of a tree
Some trees are so tall you can't see the top! What if there were a magical worlds hidden at the top of the tallest trees. What would these worlds be like? Write a description of what you might find at the top of a tree. You could take this a step further and write a complete story involving a magical world at the top of a tree.
Imagine what the tallest tree might see looking down on the people and world below. Write a description of what a tree might see and hear in a day. Maybe the trees know all our secrets!
Use really powerful descriptive language in your writing.
The extract below, from the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton might help with these activities.
Many famous artists, such as Van Gogh, Monet and Constable have painted trees. Can you create your own piece of tree artwork? It could be a painting or drawing; sculpture or collage. It could be lifelike or made up. Let your imagination run free. The file below has some pictures of tree art for inspiration.
For years people have been mapping out their families and tracing their ancestors, How much do you know about your family history? How many generations can you trace back? You never know, you might be surprised to find out you are related to someone famous or maybe someone else in the school! Use the template below or make you own family tree.