Home Education

Hello everyone and welcome to our Home Education Resources page!

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!

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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’. Curriculum points from KS2 will be touched upon in the latter part of the topic.

Activity 1 Harvest Mouse Adaptations

Activity 2 Create Your Own Grassland Habitat

Activity 3 Brilliant Barn Owls

Activity 4 Write an Owl Story

Activity 5 Habitat Hats

Activity 6 Desert Cultures Research

Activity 7 Climate Change Experiment

Activity 8 Draw Your Own Habitat

Phonics Reading and Writing ‘ow’ Phoneme

Amazing Adaptations!

Adaptations ‘Just So’ Story

Survival Game!

Design an animal enclosure

Phonics Reading ‘igh’ phoneme

Micro-Habitats at Tilgate Bug Hotel!

Build Your Own Mini Bug Hotel!

Happy and Healthy Homes

Adaptations and Habitats Quiz

Adaptations and Habitats Quiz Answers

Adaptations and Habitats Topic Certificate

Animal Journalism Project

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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’.

Activity 1 Maths Sorting

Activity 2 Puzzling Skeletons

Activity 3 How do we breathe?

Activity 4 Make Your Own Snake Scales!

Activity 5 Create Your Own Bird Song!

Activity 6 Whose Hair Is It?

Activity 7 Design Your Own Animal!

Activity 8 Newspaper Report

Phonics Spelling Split Digraphs

Historical Discoveries!

Guess Who!

Birds, Owls and Aliens!

Classification Quiz

Classification Quiz Answers

Classification Topic Certificate

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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

Activity 1 Bug Hunt

Activity 2 Beetle Drive Game

Activity 3 Minibeasts Lifecycles

Activity 4 Butterfly Art

Phonics Reading ‘er’ Phoneme

Phonics Reading ‘ure’ Phoneme

Minibeasts Maths!

The ‘Megabeasts’ of the World

Minibeasts Quiz

Minibeasts Quiz Answers

Minibeasts Topic Certificate

Part 2: Minibeasts and Murder!

Activity Intro The Suspects

Activity 1 Design Your Own Wanted Poster

Activity 2 Forensics Fun!

Activity 3 Recreate the Crime Scene!

Activity 4 Detective Notes

Activity 5 Final Statement

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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’.

Activity 1 Native or Not

Activity 2 Tiger Trials

Activity 3 Create a storyboard for a sustainable palm oil advert

Activity 4 RSPB

Disappearing Habitats

Extinction – Found and Lost

Protecting Nature Because

Tracks in the snow

What Can I Do?

Pancake Tortoise Pancakes!

Make a Nature Reserve!

Phonics Reading and Writing ‘or’ Phoneme

Conservation Quiz

Conservation Quiz Answers

Conservation Certificate

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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’.

Activity 1 Gestation and Growth

Activity 2 Egg Detective

Activity 3 Frog Life Cycle

Activity 4 Animals Growing Up

Phonics Reading ‘aw’ Phoneme

Reproduction and Life Cycles Certificate

Reproduction & Life Cycles Quiz

Reproduction & Life Cycles Answers

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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.

Activity 1 Discovering Dinosaurs

Activity 2 Letter to Darwin

Activity 3 Darwin’s Observations – Variation

Activity 4 The Survivors Awards!

Activity 5 Heredity

Activity 6 Overproduction

Activity 7 Letter from Darwin

Activity 8 Learning from our Forebears

Activity 9 Natural Selection

Phonics Writing ‘are’ Phoneme

Evolution Quiz

Evolution Quiz Answers

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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.

Activity 1 Hungry Herbivores

Activity 2 Crunching Carnivores

Activity 3 All You Can Eat Omnivores

Phonics Creative Writing ‘ee’ and ‘ou’ Phonemes

Squirrels, Mice and All Things Nice!

Whose Poo is Who?

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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.

Activity 1 – Super Snails

Activity 2 – Bare Bones Puzzle

Activity 3 – Ye Olde Natural History Illustration

Activity 4 – Mighty Muscles

Activity 5 – Animal Attitude Acting

Activity 6 – Making a Mummy!

Activity 7 – Body Language Acting

Activity 8 – Know Your Own Heart

Activity 9 – At the Top with Your Lungs

Activity 10 – Ribbit Ribbit Rhymes!

Anatomy Quiz

Anatomy Quiz Answers

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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!

Family and Friends Quiz – What’s In A Name?

Tilgate Nature Centre Word Search

Cryptogram

Topics Wordsearch

Animal Wordsearch

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Christmas Resources!

We might be indoors a bit more this Christmas! Please enjoy a few fun activities to get you and yours in a festive mood!

Christmas Alphabet

Festive Inventions

Letters and Numbers to Santa

Seeing Santa Claus

Shocking Stockings Match Up

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Live Talk Resources – Fun activities inspired by our live FB talks

Fancy Fish

Can You See Me – Spot the insects!

Tater’s Potato Art

Happy and Healthy Homes

Birds, Owls and Aliens!

Squirrels, Mice and All Things Nice!

Pancake Tortoise Pancakes!

Super Snails

Ribbit Ribbit Rhymes

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Nursery resources – Activities for little ones

Bug Hunt

Butterfly Art

Create Your Own Bird Song

Make Your Own Snake Scales!

What Can You Spot?

Colouring Duck

Colouring Fish

Colouring Lemur

Colouring Otter

Colouring Pig

Colouring Pony

Colouring Snake

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