The Reading / Listening - Woodland - Level 0

Woodland gives children in cities better mental health and thinking skills. Researchers said a natural environment is important for a child's development. The researchers said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature helps the mental health of children in and improves their learning.

Researchers studied children at 31 schools in London over four years. They looked at how woodland affected children's health. Children near woodland got higher scores on tests. They also had a lower risk of behavioural problems. A researcher said children should enjoy "the sights, sounds and smells of a forest" every day.

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Sources
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00751-1.epdf
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/health/woodland-children-wellness-scn-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2021-07-woodlands-good-children-young-people.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. better mental
  2. thinking
  3. a natural environment is
  4. a child's
  5. seeing
  6. the sounds
  7. the mental health
  8. improves their
  1. and hearing
  2. important
  3. learning
  4. health
  5. development
  6. of children
  7. skills
  8. of nature

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers studied children
  2. how woodland affected
  3. Children near
  4. higher scores
  5. They also had a lower
  6. behavioural
  7. children should
  8. sounds and
  1. problems
  2. on tests
  3. enjoy the sights
  4. children's health
  5. smells of a forests
  6. at 31 schools
  7. risk
  8. woodland

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Woodland gives children (1) ___________________ mental health and thinking skills. Researchers (2) ___________________ environment (3) ___________________ a child's development. The researchers said (4) ___________________ the sounds of nature (5) ___________________ health of children in and (6) ___________________.

Researchers (7) ___________________ 31 schools in London over four years. They (8) ___________________ woodland affected children's health. Children (9) ___________________ higher scores on tests. They also had (10) ___________________ of behavioural problems. A researcher said (11) ___________________ "the sights, sounds and smells of a (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Woodlandgiveschildrenincitiesbettermentalhealthandthinkingskills.
Researcherssaidanaturalenvironmentisimportantforachild'sdevelop
ment.Theresearcherssaidseeingandhearingthesoundsofnaturehelp
sthementalhealthofchildreninandimprovestheirlearning.Researcher
sstudiedchildrenat31schoolsinLondonoverfouryears.Theylookedath
owwoodlandaffectedchildren'shealth.Childrennearwoodlandgothig
herscoresontests.Theyalsohadalowerriskofbehaviouralproblems.Ar
esearchersaidchildrenshouldenjoy"thesights,soundsandsmellsofaf
orest"everyday.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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