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Our Tilgate Bites home education programme children of all ages entertained and learning all about nature! We’ve done our best to cover various topics including Adaptations, Classification, Minibeasts and more through many different activities, including plenty designed to practice their skills and learning from other subjects! These resources have been designed to meet national curriculum learning objectives. Find all resources here and all our videos on our Education Facebook Page.
All our activities are listed below. Alternatively:
…You can browse our activities arranged by topic with full national curriculum objectives here!
…Or you can look at our activities arranged by classroom subject here!
…Or you can browse activities by age here!
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? 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’. 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! 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, then into 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’.
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: there has been a murder! 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’ and KS2/Year 4, 5 and 6 learning on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The second part of the topic is aimed more strictly at KS2 and includes ‘working scientifically‘ objectives.
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’.
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’ and KS2/Year 5 learning on ‘Animals, including Humans’.
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 discoveries and observations with Mary Anning, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s. We see evolution and speciation in our science activities, as well as literacy skills practice in the form of letter writing and links well with history. 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’. How natural selection acts as a mechanism for evolution is also a key part of KS3 and KS4 biology.
Topic 7 – Diets and Food Chains
The various diets of animals and how the relationships between predators and prey is a key component of primary school biology. This topic looks at herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, simple food chains and the different types of teeth found in mammals. The videos for this topic can be found on our Education Facebook page or here. This topic covers KS1 and KS2 objectives including KS1/Year 1 ‘Animals, including Humans’ and Year 2 ‘Living things and their habitats, Year 3 and 4 ‘Animals, including humans’ objectives.
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.
Topic 9 – End of Term Fun Week!
Just for fun, we have also created some fun activities to finish on, or to fill those little gaps in the day! We hope you enjoy!
We might be indoors a bit more this Christmas! Please enjoy a few fun activities to get you and yours in a festive mood!
Live Talk Resources – Fun activities inspired by our live FB talks
Nursery resources – Activities for little ones
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