Year 1: Seasonal changes
This list consists of lesson plans, activities and songs and video clips to support the teaching of seasonal changes in Year One. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:
· observe changes across the four seasons
· observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
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Links and Resources
This resource provides an opportunity for making tables and charts about the weather. Make rain gauges and place them in different areas around the playground. This then provides a great opportunity to develop measuring skills as they collect and measure the amount collected each day for a week. Fill in a chart to show how full the gauge was each day. To make it easier represent the rainfall using empty, half-full or full, then show this on a chart. The results over a longer time period could be observed and discussed, with children creating a class display of the water collected for each month.
This activity helps illustrate seasonal changes and how daylight length change over the course of a year. It contains a 4 seasons weather disc template for children to make. The disc highlights 4 different times of the day and what may be observed at these times during the different seasons.
A time saving resource containing a selection of word mats displaying keywords and illustrations relating to the weather and the four seasons. It provides an ideal literacy aid / prompt when discussing the seasons. These posters will also provide a stimulating display when learning about the seasons:
This picture book is an older resource but is a useful way to introduce the idea of seasonal change. It looks at the changes in a park from early to late spring as the snow melts, flowers come out and days become longer. It could be used as a starting point for children's own observations and discussion. Children could take photographs of a nature area within the school grounds (if available) over a term and discuss observations. They could draw pictures of changes they observe which could be added to a class timeline display to show the changes over time.
A video showing a class on one of their regular visits to a local wood. This is a useful video for professional development, giving teacher's an idea of how to incorporate outdoor learning into their practice. It also gives an insight into the Forest Schools programme.
Regularly visiting a local wildlife area to take photographs, make observations and drawings will help children become more aware of seasonal change. Drawing could be displayed around the class to show the visits made in each season.
A treasure chest of activity ideas and worksheets to supplement learning in Year One. Use the seasons sheets to compare the four seasons and the activities we do in each.