Trees and Belief Systems

Investigate what trees mean to different people through this inspiring outdoor lesson...

Years: 5

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 3

Subject: Cross Curricular

Resource Overview

Investigate traditional tree folklore with this fantastic cross-curricular lesson, created in partnership with One Tree Per Child. Pupils can explore the explore the key parts played by trees in religions, mythology and belief systems, across different time periods and different geographical locations: they can then put what they've learned into action, by building their very own Celtic-inspired wishing trees. A brilliant way to develop cultural understanding whilst getting closer to nature, this activity allows pupils (and teachers) to enjoy learning without worksheets, and shows that a classroom doesn’t need to have four walls!


Image © Erin Morgenstern.

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Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.