Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Leaves contain a green pigment called chlorophyll.
  • Chlorophyll absorbs sunlight, which gives plants the energy they need to grow.
  • In autumn, when there is less sunlight, leaves stop producing chlorophyll. Other pigments – which can be yellow, red and orange – show through instead.

Curriculum keywords

  • Seasons
  • Trees
  • Plants

Spark a discussion

  • What do plants use chlorophyll for?
  • Why do you think the leaves stop producing chlorophyll in the autumn?
  • Can you think of other changes that happen in the natural world in autumn? Why do you think those changes happen?

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