Week 13 - Terrific Trees
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. On Thursday we might test out a few, so be prepared to teach your workout to others! 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 and bring it with you. Even if we don't have time to do them all, we would like to laminate them to keep as part of our outdoor learning box.
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, percentages
Shape - symmetry, reflections, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, nets, angles (obtuse, acute, right angles)
Measure - area, perimeter, volume, capacity, weight, length, units of measurement - both imperial and metric, time, money
Try out the 2 tree maths activities below - How Old Am I? and Treetops Challenge.
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 your day 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 world hidden at the top of the tallest trees. What would this world 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. Use really powerful descriptive language in your writing.
The extract from the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton might help with both 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.
Bring your family tree to school with you to share on Thursday.