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Autumn Is Here!

The beginning of autumn

by Brian Radcliffe

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To encourage us to think about the season of autumn.

Preparation and materials

  • None required.


  1. Ask the children whether they can name the four seasons of the year.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  2. Ask the children which of the seasons they like best: summer, autumn, winter or spring.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  3. Ask the children what the signs of autumn appearing are.

    Listen to a range of responses.

    Answers could include leaves changing colour, a change in temperature, darker nights and so on.

  4. Ask the children whether they can think of any things that start in autumn.

    Listen to a range of responses.

    Answers could include a new school year, the football season, new TV series and so on.

  5. Ask the children whether they can think of any things that end in autumn.

    Listen to a range of responses.

    Answers could include sunny weather, lighter evenings, holidays and so on.

  6. Remind the children that for some people, especially farmers, autumn is an important time for harvesting fruit and vegetables. It’s the busiest time of the year, when many people work very long hours!

Time for reflection

Point out that sometimes, people can feel a bit sad in autumn. Everything that has brightened up life for the past few months might seem to be coming to an end. The holidays are over and winter looms on the horizon. However, it’s helpful to think about all our wonderful memories of spring and summer, and to focus on the good, exciting and happy times ahead.

We can still enjoy every ray of sunshine before the bad weather sets in, and there are lovely things to look forward to like splashing in puddles, frosty mornings . . . maybe even snow! The days may get shorter, and it may become dark soon after we arrive home from school, but let’s think about the excitement of gazing at the beautiful night sky with its thousands of stars and the cosiness of cuddling up with a good book at home.

Let’s also remember all the exciting opportunities that will come our way this term in school. (If possible, name some of the things that will be happening in your school or area.)

Let’s also keep our eyes open for changes in nature. Let’s take the time to look carefully rather than rushing by without a thought. Let’s look at the leaves – they really are beautiful! Let’s study the trees, listen to the animals and smell the fragrance of autumn.

Dear God,
Thank you for the beauty of the world.
Thank you for the seasons of the year and the variety that they bring.
Please help us to see beauty and excitement in every season.


‘Autumn days’, available at: (2.41 minutes long)

Publication date: September 2021   (Vol.23 No.9)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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