Science KS1 / KS2: How autumn weather affects the behaviour of British animals and plants

Autumn brings a host of ripening fruit and vegetables harvested by humans and wild animals alike.

This clip shows all the exciting things that happen during this season. Mice and squirrels can be seen gathering and storing nuts.

Deciduous trees lose their leaves which provide food for worms, fungi and slime molds.

Visiting birds such as swallows gather to migrate abroad, while geese arrive from cold countries to overwinter here.

As the days shorten, humans enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The weather begins to get worse and heavy rains swell rivers and cause flooding.

Frost covers the countryside and as much of the wild food runs out, some mammals begin hibernation.

This clip is from: The Great British Year

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2

The class could discuss the food animals can find in a woodland in the autumn.

Children could classify animals in terms of what they eat, and how this affects their behaviour in the autumn:

Why do the animals migrate, store food or hibernate?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Science/ Geography

This topic is suitable for KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland. Also Early and 1st Level in Scotland.

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