Forest Maths Skills

Forests provide endless learning opportunities, and are great places for studying many aspects of the key stage 1 and 2 maths curriculum, including number, shape, symmetry, estimation and measuring.

Years: 1, 2, 3, 4

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 11

Subject: Maths

Resource Overview

A wide range of practical maths perfect for a visit to your local forest and covering a wide range of curriculum objectives. Activities include tallying, estimating, shapes and patterns as well as a range of activities for back in the classroom.

Thank you to the Forestry Commission for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Forest Maths Skills Guide

With a little preparation, your pupils will be immersed in practical maths and seeing the forest from a whole new perspective!

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 1 (Age 5-6)
    • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including 2-D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]
    • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including 3-D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres]
  • Year 2 (Age 6-7)
    • Identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line
    • Identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
    • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
    • Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them.
    • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
    • Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence.
  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.