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What is inside a tree?




Look around at all the different trees in the area. Do leaf and bark rubbings outside, talk about trees and then create a large piece of art on the floor.


Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

ii) Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.


Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  3. Perform simple tests.
  4. Identify and classify.
  5. Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  6. Gather and record data to help answer questions.


You Will Need


Provided Resources

  • Images of trees
  • Tree measuring challenge
  • Activities



  • Note a variety of trees and discuss their similarities and differences.
  • Take bark and leaf rubbings using paper and wax crayons.
  • Represent a tree through playground art and record their art pieces.
  • Invite another class to see their art work.



  1. Explore the outdoor area, looking specifically at the trees.
  2. Discuss and become familiar with the similarities and differences between evergreen and deciduous trees.
  3. Represent a tree through art, using cloths, chalk and found materials.
  4. Show an awareness of the role of the roots, bark, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree.


Investigation - exploring

Do bark and leaf rubbings using paper and wax crayons.
Understand the basic structure of a tree and what goes on inside.
Represent the inside of a tree through outside art, using cloths, chalk and found materials.


Plant, leaf, grow, deciduous, evergreen, roots, stem, leaves, flower, trunk, bark

Nursery – Mrs Harper & Mrs Bareham
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