Nature Study: Autumnal Equinox
Our nature study this week takes us to the Autumnal Equinox on the 22nd September, and looking at the signs of Autumn all around us. If you haven’t got it yet, you can buy your own copy of Exploring Nature with Children here, which is a weekly nature curriculum for children of all ages and so easy to follow along with. We use it every year.
This week we are heading back into the New Forest to look for those signs. Here are some of the things we will be looking for, if you want to look for them too this week:
- Different coloured leaves (we will do a colour matching exercise with some watercolours with these too)
- Acorns and signs of the pigs that have been sent into the Forest for the pannage season, where they eat all the acorns so they don’t poison the New Forest Ponies
- Sweet chestnuts, conkers and prickly conker cases
- Helicopter seeds like Sycamore
We are also going to collect some leaves for these fun activities from the Woodland Trust:
Check out other Autumn craft ideas on the Woodland Trust’s website here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/09/autumn-leaf-crafts/
We actually have Autumn Leaves as a topic coming up, so I will save a lot of the crafts for later when that week comes around, but here are some other really useful spotter sheets from the Woodland Trust’s teaching resources site.
I hope you enjoy them – my children love these resources and we use many of them throughout the year.
I also have my own little freebie for you, which contains an illustrated version of this week’s poem (full colour and lower ink version), the artwork that correlates to the Exploring Nature with Children study for this week, along with a book list we are using. You can download it by clicking on the picture or the link below.