Spring has finally sprung!
And with it comes a whole host of new and exciting possibilities within the classroom.
It is such a relief when Spring finally comes. With longer days and the ability to get out and about, Spring flowers and beautiful new foliage on the trees and shrubs, we can all come out of our hibernation and get a bit more active.
Looking at the different stages plants and animals go through during their life span is an important part of science and helps children build their knowledge of the world around them. All animals and plants go through changes in their lives, starting as eggs or seeds, growing throughout their life until they reach adulthood and reproduce, starting the cycle again. Some life cycles last for years, such as humans, others such as butterflies can take only a few weeks.
You could explore life cycles by:
- Growing plants from a seed, then watching and recording the changes that occur
- Explore your garden, look for eggs and young; and return as they grow. If you have a pond you might be lucky enough to get frogspawn
- Visit local farms. Many have special days in Spring where children can handle young animals
- Take a regular nature walk in the same place, watch the changes you see in the plants and animals
- Visit a zoo, see if you can identify which animals are the young
To see all of our ‘Life Cycle‘ resources, please take a look right here.
Spotting and identifying the birds in our gardens, parks and countryside is a wonderful way to encourage a love of nature in children. Listening to a blackbird singing in the morning in Spring can bring pure joy – and who can resist seeing a robin on the bird table in Winter, its red breast drawing the eye!
You could explore birds by:
- Observing birds that frequent different areas of the school
- Look at photos of different birds and list their similarities and differences
- Have a Bird Experience Show visit the school or attend one on a school trip
- Build recycled bird feeders and place them around the school – why do some get visited more than others? Which birds frequent them more often?
To see all of our ‘Bird‘ resources, please take a look right here.
Looking at the different patterns of the weather is another important part of science and helps children further build their knowledge. Each and every season has its own weather patterns; the Winter months typically being the coldest, with its long nights and cold mornings. The Spring months marked by the blossoming trees and bulbed plants. Summer recognised by its warm climate and long sunny days. And Autumn being marked by the changing leaves and its sometimes wet and windy weather.
You could explore weather by:
- Comparing the different weather of each of the seasons
- Learning why Spring has different weather to the other seasons
- Learning why different countries of the world have different weather to each other
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids during the school day, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a creative wall display.
We here at Teacher’s Pet have a large collection of amazing resources that could be used in conjunction to Spring. Click here to see all of our Spring Resources.
Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.
Have a Great Day!
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to begin your Spring Term in the classroom.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!).