Hello Trees books are already used in classrooms.
Brambleside Primary School in Kettering used the Hello Trees books in an open evening to promote science learning. Evelyn Clawson, Eco and Science coordinator at Brambleside, is trialling the Hello Trees Plant Science Lesson Plans for KS1 Y1.
‘The children find the books exciting’, Evelyn says. ‘Learning to identify trees using these child friendly storybooks becomes fun and memorable. Well illustrated, fact filled and memorable.’
In Hertfordshire, Kate has been into several schools to run workshops for the children.
Praised by teachers for the clear font, their size and how they engage children, the books can be used to link into both the EYFS and KS1 curriculums. They can also be used as supporting material for older children working independently.
Communication and Language
The books encourage children to talk about what they find on their adventures with Hello Trees books. They also introduce basic botanical terms and provide starting points for discussions about the environment
Exploring outside is a healthy choice – in wooded areas it can also develop skills to help children become more sure-footed and confident on their adventures.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Adventures are more fun with friends! Using Hello Trees books outside encourages group work, cooperation, confidence and helps children understand how being outdoors makes them feel.
Hello Trees are presented in a clear font, perfect for early readers to identify letters, sounds and words. Further activities can include making letters out of sticks and leaves and for slightly older children, introducing them to the key aspects of non-fiction books and understanding that the book titles use aliteration.
Trees provide great opportunities to count, estimate and measure as well as helping children see the differences in size and shape between different tree trunks and leaves. How many points are on each leaf? Is each leaf the same?
Understanding the World
Hello Trees books are all about understanding the world around us – and are specifically written about UK trees. The books help promote an understanding how the trees change through the seasons and their importance in our environment – for humans and birds, animals and insects
Expressive Arts and Design
Adventures with the Hello Trees books can be used as a starting point for all sorts of projects – be they dance, drama, art, design or music. Making models of trees, creating Andy Goldsworthy inspired patterns using natural materials or trying to reproduce the noises that leaves make in the wind are all engaging activities that can be linked to the books.