What's Going On?


Activity overview

15 mins
Ages 5 – 7

Science topics:

Living things and their habitats , Plants , Seasonal changes

Spark a conversation with this time-lapse video showing a group of trees changing over one year. This activity is great for describing observations and applying ideas in unfamiliar contexts.

Run the activity

1. You’re going to watch a short video. The aim isn't to find right answers, it's to explore ideas and find out what they know.

  • Do they know what might happen based on the image?

2. After you've watched the video, lead a discussion with your class:

  • Which seasons can they see in the video?
  • What changes do they notice during the film? 
  • What plants can they see?
  • How do they change?

3. Ask the class to describe what they saw using only one word.

Background science

Have a look at this BBC content on spring weather and seasonal changes.

Take it further

This video shows you how to track a plant's response to light in the classroom. Set up a timelapse with your class to record 15 minutes of a plant's light response.

Image credit:
Sarah Fraser63 via Flickr

Video credit:
One year in 40 seconds by Eirik Solheim via Vimeo CC0