Seasonal change and adaptation at Westonbirt Arboretum, KS2

Season of mists programme aimed at KS2, available at Westonbirt Arboretum

Updated 15th January 2024

Suitable for Years 3-6, September-November

Key concepts

Adaptation, environmental change, seasons, evergreen, deciduous, hibernation, migration, seed dispersal.

Learning outcomes

  • describe the environmental changes that occur during the autumn.
  • list the effects environmental changes have on trees and animals.
  • explain the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees and how each is adapted to survive winter conditions.
  • name three methods of seed dispersal and why seed dispersal is important.
  • suggest three tactics employed by animals to survive winter conditions.


Autumn gather - explore and collect signs of autumn.

Winter warmth - investigate which natural materials are good insulators by building a suitable shelter to protect a heated toy badger from the cold.

Winter tactics - look for evidence of food for different woodland animals and discuss how animals cope with changes in their food supply in winter.

Leaf slides - compare evergreen and deciduous trees and explore leaf diversity.

Seed explorers - search for, gather and sort a range of seeds, considering methods of dispersal.