Year 5 Parent Forest School activity

Year 5 parents and carers joined the class for two activities focusing on trees.

One was to plant tree saplings donated by the Woodland Trust of rowan, wild cherry and silver birch along the field edge to increase biodiversity of the trees in that area of the school grounds.

The second activity was estimating the age of at least one of the mature trees on the field near the wild area.

Each group chose a tree and used their prior knowledge to name the tree species.  They then used a calculation based on the girth measurement of the trees and an average tree growth of 2.5cms per year.

Having calculated the estimated age of the tree, they then worked out when the tree might have been planted or when the seed germinated and considered what events were happening at that time in history when the tree was beginning to grow.