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Find topics include Adaptations, Classification, Minibeasts, Evolution and more, each with videos accompanying them and fun activities to keep children learning all about nature, and practicing skills and learning from other subjects! These resources have been designed to meet national curriculum learning objectives. You can do the whole topic or just one or two activities! Find all resources here and all our videos on our Education Facebook Page .
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Topic 1 – Adaptations and Habitats
How are animals suited to their environment? What features help them to survive? How do they find food and escape predators? The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic is accessible to most key stages but is specifically designed to cover KS1/Year 2 learning on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’: to identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited. Curriculum points from KS2 will be touched upon in the latter part of the topic.
Topic 2 – Classification
There is a huge variety of creatures on Earth! We look at the features we use to sort them into groups, firstly into vertebrates and invertebrates. After this we look closer at the vertebrates, looking at the defining features of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic is accessible to most key stages but is specifically designed to cover KS1/Year 1 learning on ‘Animals including humans’ and KS2/Year 4 and Year 6 learning on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’: to recognise and describe how animals are grouped in different ways. Curriculum points from various subjects including maths, English, DT and music will be used to support the topic material.
Topic 3 – Minibeasts
What tiny creatures are hiding right under noses? We’ll look at some of the main types of minibeasts including molluscs and arachnids as well as insects. A fun bug hunt will get learners observing and presenting data like proper scientists and games and art will reinforce specific learning points. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here. The second part of the topic is a self contained puzzle based around minibeast ecology and niches, including forensic science learning, comprehension and geography skills. There has been a murder! The police have narrowed the suspects down to a final creepy crawly four, but they’re stumped! Can you be a detective and work out who killed the cockroach?
This topic is accessible to most key stages but is specifically designed to cover KS1/Year 2 on ‘Animals including humans’: that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and KS2/Year 4, 5 and 6 learning on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’: to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things; describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics; and to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. The second part of the topic is aimed more strictly at KS2 in its tone and content and includes science objectives aimed at ‘working scientifically’ such as drawing conclusions from evidence and data.
Part 1: Magnificent Minibeasts
Part 2: Minibeasts and Murder!
Topic 4 – Conservation
What threats face wildlife? How can people help to ensure that animals do not become endangered or extinct? We will look at a selection of threats to wildlife and to the environment, looking at which species are affected and what can be done to help them. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic is accessible to most key stages but is specifically designed to cover KS2/Year 4 learning on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’: to recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things. Science activities and content will be supported by a mathematical activity exploring habitat fragmentation and a history link to the formation of the RSPB.
Topic 5 – Reproduction and Life Cycles
Animal babies are adorable, but they don’t stay babies forever! What is a life cycle? How do animals start life and change as they get older? We will cover an overview of what a life cycle is, including reproduction, child-rearing and aging, focusing on amphibians, birds and mammals. The video for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic is accessible to most key stages but is specifically designed to cover KS1/Year 2 learning on ‘Animals, including Humans’: that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and KS2/Year 5 learning on ‘Animals, including Humans’: to describe the changes as humans develop to old age and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’: to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. Science activities and content on amphibian life cycles, bird eggs and changes in animal bodies during their life will be supported by a maths activity exploring gestation in humans and other mammals.
Topic 6 – Evolution
What is ‘evolution’ and how does it work? Who discovered it and what evidence is there to support it? In this topic, we travel through the Victorian era tracking early fossil hunting with Mary Anning and how such discoveries can inform us about prehistoric life. We follow Charles Darwin as his observations help him work out how natural selection acts to drive evolution, before finishing with Alfred Russel Wallace’s concept of speciation and evolution in action with the story of the peppered moths. This topic will include science activities, as well as literacy skills practice in the form of letter writing and links well with history, including references to Victorian ideas and understanding of the world as well as the industrial revolution. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic has primarily been designed to cover upper KS2/Year 6 learning on ‘Evolution and inheritance’: to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago, to recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents and to identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. How natural selection acts as a mechanism for evolution is also a key part of KS3 and KS4 biology. Specific resources including phonics practice and a ‘Tilgate Tales’ storytime video have been included to allow learners from KS1 and lower KS2 to engage with the topic.
Topic 7 – Diets and Food Chains
The various diets of animals and how the relationships between species (predator and prey) is a key component of primary school biology. This topic looks at the broad categories of diet in the animal kingdom using a range of examples. Herbivores, carnivores and omnivores are examined, as are the different types of teeth found in mammals and their functions. Building simple food chains and interpreting basic food webs is also a main focus, so learners can see how simple predator-prey relationships fit into a wider context of ecology. This three-part topic looks at each focus with one forming the main focus of each activity, using simple tasks and language to ensure accessibility to most learners. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic covers content from across the science curriculum drawing from KS1 and KS2 objectives. KS1 objectives covered include KS1/Year 1 ‘Animals, including Humans’: to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and Year 2 ‘Living things and their habitats’: to ‘describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify different sources of food’. From KS2, we touch on Year 3 learning ‘that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition’ and focus on Year 4 objectives to ‘identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions’ and ‘constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey’.
Topic 8 – Anatomy
This topic looks at animals and humans to help learners to understand key systems in human bodies. Our activities begin with a focus on skeletons, bones and muscles as protection and support for the body and then develops to look at organs, specifically the heart and lungs. Alongside science activities, we discuss movement and exercise through drama and PE activities (the PE activity can be found using the video link). The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here.
This topic covers content from across the science curriculum drawing from KS1, KS2 and KS3 objectives. KS1 objectives covered include Year 1 ‘Animals, including Humans’: to ‘identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense’, and Year 2 ‘Animals, including humans’: to ‘describe the importance for humans of exercise’. From KS2, in the first week we focus on key Year 3 learning objectives such as to ‘identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement’, and in the second week pivot to focus on Year 6 objectives to ‘identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood’ and to ‘recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function’. While some of the latter part of the topic is derived from KS3 and KS4 objectives, care has been taken to broaden its accessibility to most learners, specifically KS2.
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