Temperate Forests

All our forests are located within the temperate forest biome and are perfect places to learn about native woodlands and how they contrast to tropical rain forests.

Years: 3, 4

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 18

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Children will learn that a biome is a vast area of Earth that has a particular climate and certain types of species that live there. Vegetation is usually the most obvious feature of the landscape, so a biome is characterised by the trees and plants that grow there. Students will delve into this concept through a series of activities including ones focusing on tree identification, plant diversity, woodland structure and land use. All wonderfully hands on and easy to deliver. Thank you to the Forestry Commission for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

With only a little preparation, this resource will keep students busy and productive for hours.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
        • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
          • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
          • Identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
          • Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
          • Record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
          • Report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
          • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
          • Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
    • ‚ÄčIdentify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
    • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.