Forests for the Future at Westonbirt Arboretum, KS2

Forests for the future programme aimed at KS2

Updated 15th January 2024

Suitable for Years 5 and 6, March to November

Key concepts

Sustainable development, climate change, citizenship and positive action.

Learning outcomes

  • understand that rising carbon dioxide levels are contributing to the warming of the world's climate.
  • recognise that growing trees is one way of removing some of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • explain the process of photosynthesis and how this result in carbon being stored in the wood.
  • suggest ways in which people can help both locally and globally.


What is climate change? - a visually active way of looking at the global picture of climate change.

Capturing carbon - an interactive role play activity that helps students to explore how plants use carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis.

Moving carbon - a game that explores the carbon dioxide cycle, how it has been affected by human activity and what we can do to achieve a better balance.

Forest for the future - make a model of a forest from natural materials that represents a sustainably managed woodland beneficial for reducing the rate of climate change.