What would a tree look like from a bird’s eye view? Or a bug’s eye view?

This activity is a great way to teach children about perspective. Visit a wood or a green space with lots of trees and challenge your students to explore it from more than one point of view. They can record their experiences through photography.

By completing this challenge you’ll earn two points on the Green Tree Schools Award.

Aerial view of a woodland

Credit: Ken Whitcombe / WTML

A bird’s eye view

Climb up onto higher ground and imagine you’re a bird soaring high in the sky. Look down, what can you see? How do things look different from a higher perspective?

Close up view of fungi

Credit: Emily Lee / WTML

A bug’s eye view

Lie on the floor to see how a beetle or a snail sees the world. Peer through blades of grass and around flower stems. Do you notice anything you’ve not seen before?

Close up view of moss

Credit: Phil Formby / WTML

A close-up

Use a magnifying glass to study moss, tree bark or a leaf. Are tiny details suddenly revealed? If your camera has a macro setting use it to take a close-up photo.

Ox-eye daisies photographed from underneath

Credit: Richard Becker / WTML

From beneath

Have you ever looked at the underside of a leaf or flower? Try it! How is it different to the side you normally see?

Get two points on the Green Tree Schools Award

To claim your points you’ll need to send us at least four photos, each showing a different perspective of the natural world.

Email your photos to learning@woodlandtrust.org.uk with the subject line 'Different viewpoints'.

We’ll add your points to your account after we’ve received your evidence (usually within two weeks).

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