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What will we wear?

The weather, season and climate all influence what it’s like outside in the environment.

Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at any time. It is what is going on outside. The weather in one place can be very different to the weather at another place. We can measure the weather with instruments, and we can describe it by how we feel. The climate is the pattern of weather over a long time in a particular place. The weather and climate affect the natural world: plants and animals have adapted to the conditions where they live.

Seasons describe different times of the year with different types of weather. Not all places experience seasons in the same way but here at Centennial Parklands, we experience four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season lasts about three months and is caused by changes in the strength of the sun throughout the year. Earth orbits around the sun on a tilted axis (it doesn't stand up straight) and different parts of Earth get the sun’s most direct rays at different times of the year. In Australia, when the South Pole tilts toward the sun it is summer and when the North Pole tilts towards the sun it in winter. 

The seasons at Centennial Parklands

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What would you wear to the park today? Is it warm or cold? Sunny or raining? Summer or winter?

Activities - What will we wear?

1. Seasons word search

2. Keep a weather journal

Create symbols to describe the weather. Use the symbols you have created to show the weather and then write or draw any extra details. At the end of the week look back over your journal and share with your friends or classmates. Did you collect the same information as others? Why or why not? 

Click here to download your 'Weather Journal' worksheet

3. Draw a tree in four seasons

Most Australian trees are evergreen but many trees from the Northern Hemisphere are deciduous, meaning that they lose their leaves in winter. Research the Australian Banksia tree and the Ginkgo tree from China. Print 2 copies of the ‘Seasons of a Tree’ activity and draw the Banksia and the Ginkgo tree in each season. Do they have flowers or fruit? When? Label your drawing and include weather details which match the seasons.

Click here to download our Seasons of a Tree activity sheet

4. Seasonal collage

Go for a walk and collect natural materials from the ground such as leaves, small sticks and seeds. Are the leaves red or yellow? Are there any flowers? Can you tell what season it is now from the colours and types of materials you have collected? Create a seasonal collage with your collected items by glueing or taping them onto paper. You could also use your natural materials to make a group artwork on the ground outside.

5. Class discussion

How do animals and plants respond to different weather? 

  • The banner image and Seasons image gallery by Chris Gleisner
  • The banner image on the 'Seasons of a Tree' activity sheet is by Chris Gleisner