Hello everyone and welcome to our Education Resources page!
We’ll be covering various topics over the coming weeks including Adaptations, Evolution, Classification, Minibeasts and more! We’ll do our best to try to post a video, activity or worksheet every week day to keep the kids entertained and learning all about nature, and practising their skills and learning from other subjects to do it! These resources have been designed to meet national curriculum learning objectives. Find all resources here and all our videos on our Education Facebook Page .
We hope you enjoy them! If your children (or you!) have any questions, feel free to post a comment or send us a message on our Facebook page; we’re happy to help and would love to keep in touch with the budding zoologists out there!
Feel free to send us any work you complete! At the end of each topic, learners will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement, but we’d like to know what you each achieved; so let us know!
Topic 1 – Adaptations and Habitats
How are animals suited to their environment? What features help them to survive? We will tour different habitats and a range of species to see what special skills and abilities help them 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.
Here are some fun Easter holiday activities:
Topic 2 – Classification
There is a huge variety of creatures on Earth? How can we make sense of them all? 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 animals share our world that we might not notice? 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, which we will focus on. A fun bug hunt will get learners observing and presenting data like proper scientists and games and art will reinforce specific learning points. The video 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 in their local and wider environment; 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? Which animals are threatened by specific conservation issues? 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 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 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, a history link to the formation of the RSPB and a DT project for the May half term.
Please send us our work when you are done, we would love to see it!