Plants: Communication

How do plants make me feel?

Support a positive connection with nature by choosing activities that help learners to articulate how plants make them feel, such as creative opportunities to celebrate the importance of plants.

This is recommended as session five of the Key Stage One Plants Unit, raising awareness and communicating feelings related to plants.  

KS1

Preparation

Green Skills

  • Environmental Stewardship 
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication 

Curriculum Links

English

Writing Composition

  • Writing Poetry

Citizenship

  • To recognise, name and deal with their feelings in a positive way

Step by step

Quick Starter Activity

Why do plants matter?

Preview image for the video "David Attenborough's Kingdom of Plants: Introduction".

Watch this 2-minute video from Kew Gardens with Sir David Attenborough, sharing some fascinating footage of plants. While you may not be able to visit Kew Gardens, ask learners to explore the question: How can we make sure that everyone knows about the different ways plants help us?

Suggested Activities

Suggestion 1 (Outdoor): 

Nature Park: Texture Mapping. This activity encourages children and young people to use their sense of touch to make a conceptual map of an outdoor space, taking notice of what they can feel, and where. 

Suggestion 2 (Indoor):

Nature Park: Poet-tree. Learners will be introduced to the reasons trees are important for the health of the planet. They will read a poem by a young person from the perspective of a tree. They will then write their own poem using personification from the perspective of a tree, using the different senses to describe. They will understand that the purpose of their writing is to help others understand why it is important to protect trees.

Suggestion 3 (Outdoor): 

Learning Through Landscapes: Forest Bathing. Forest bathing is an activity with no resources or preparation needed. It's simply spending time in and with nature, letting it invade our being and using all of our senses. 

Top tips

Consider planning regular opportunities for learners to spend time in nature and reflect on how it makes them feel.  Establishing this habitat can support their mental health and wellbeing.