Seasonal Changes

Year 1

Unit Overview

In the Seasonal Changes project, your child will learn about the four seasons. They will go out into the local environment to experience the weather. They will examine the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, observing trees in the local environment. They will learn about how the seasons affect animals and make comparisons between them. They will find out what the weather is, what types of weather there are and what causes the weather. They will learn about what the weather is like in each season and discover why the lengths of daytime and night time change in different seasons. They will learn about the Sun and how to protect their skin from the Sun’s rays. They will observe and measure the wind, recording their data on a bar chart. They will learn how to read the temperature from a thermometer and record temperatures over a series of days. They will measure rainfall and carry out an investigation into the rain. They will learn about weather forecasts and symbols.

❇ MEMORABLE MOMENT

We will become meteorologist's and study the different weather conditions and make reports predicting what the weather will be like.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Science investigations

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

  • Finding out how big a Raindrop is

  • Measuring and Recording the wind

  • Find deciduous and evergreen trees


  1. The Four Seasons. To observe changes across the four seasons.

  2. Experiencing the season. To observe changes across the four seasons.

To use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

  1. Deciduous and evergreen trees. To identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

  2. Seasonal changes in deciduous trees. To describe, following observation, how plants and animals change over time.

  3. Seasonal changes in animals. To observe changes across the four seasons.

  4. What is the weather? To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

  5. Day Length. To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

  6. Measuring Precipitation. To ask simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.

  7. Measuring and recording temperature. To observe closely using simple equipment.

  8. Measuring and recording the wind. To gather and record data to help in answering questions.

  9. Weather Forecasting. Talk about what they have done and say with help, what they think they have found out.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations


  1. How do leaves change?

    • Observe changes over the four seasons.

    • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.

  2. How wild is the wind?

    • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

    • Observe closely, using simple equipment , including metre sticks, egg timers and hand lenses

🏁 BIG FINISH

We will open the envelope that contains our predictions about the next season and see if our predictions were correct.

πŸ“– FOCUS TEXT(S)

The squirrels busy year.

The Weather Girls

Tree (Seasons Come, Seasons Go)

Seasons and Weather Get Set Go: Science

Seasons Fact Cat

Weather Outdoor Science