The Reading / Listening - Woodland - Level 1

Researchers say city woodland gives children better mental health. Children who experience the great outdoors also have better thinking skills. The researchers said their research helped them to understand that the natural environment is "an important protective factor for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health". They said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature gives children in cities psychological benefits.

The four-year study involved 3,568 children at 31 schools in London. Researchers calculated how woodland, parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. Children who visited woodland every day scored higher on memory-based tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower risk of behavioural problems. A researcher said all children should experience "forest bathing" and enjoy "the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

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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. Children who experience the great
  2. have better thinking
  3. their research helped them
  4. the natural
  5. an important protective
  6. cognitive development and
  7. hearing the sounds
  8. psychological
  1. environment
  2. of nature
  3. outdoors
  4. benefits
  5. to understand
  6. factor
  7. skills
  8. mental health

Paragraph 2

  1. The four-year study involved
  2. blue space like
  3. Children who visited woodland
  4. memory-
  5. behavioural
  6. children should
  7. enjoy the
  8. sounds and smells
  1. problems
  2. of a forest
  3. 3,568 children
  4. every day
  5. sights
  6. based tests
  7. rivers, lakes and the sea
  8. experience forest bathing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers (1) ___________________ gives children better mental health. Children who experience (2) __________________ also have (3) ___________________. The researchers said their research helped them to understand that the natural environment is "an (4) ___________________ for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health". They said (5) ___________________ the sounds of nature gives (6) ___________________ psychological benefits.

The (7) ___________________ involved 3,568 children at 31 schools in London. Researchers (8) ___________________, parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and (9) ___________________ children's health. Children who visited woodland every day scored higher on (10) ___________________. They also had a 17 per cent (11) ___________________ behavioural problems. A researcher said all children should experience "forest bathing" and enjoy "the sights, sounds and smells (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaycitywoodlandgiveschildrenbettermentalhealth.Chil
drenwhoexperiencethegreatoutdoorsalsohavebetterthinkingskills.T
heresearcherssaidtheirresearchhelpedthemtounderstandthatthena
turalenvironmentis"animportantprotectivefactorfor[achild's]cogniti
vedevelopmentandmentalhealth".Theysaidseeingandhearingtheso
undsofnaturegiveschildrenincitiespsychologicalbenefits.Thefour-
yearstudyinvolved3,568childrenat31schoolsinLondon.Researchers
calculatedhowwoodland,parks,and"bluespace"likerivers,lakesandt
hesea,affectedchildren'shealth.Childrenwhovisitedwoodlandeveryd
ayscoredhigheronmemory-basedtests.Theyalsohada17percentlo
werriskofbehaviouralproblems.Aresearchersaidallchildrenshouldex
perience"forestbathing"andenjoy"thesights,soundsandsmellsofafor
est".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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