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Key Stage 1

Summer session 

The world around us: Animals - where do they live? 

Pupils will appreciate the basic needs of animals: shelter, food, water and discover the diversity of homes and habitats that animals have become adapted to. Through the use of images, bio-facts and close observation of live animals, the children will discover the variety of animal homes and habitats and how the animals are adapted to live in those habitats by camouflage, hibernation and migration. Habitat loss, destruction and conservation of local habitats will be discussed. 

Curriculum Content
  • The variety of living things in the world and how we can take care of them. 
  • How animals adapt to their natural environment.
  • Animals that hibernate and the materials they use.
Movement and energy
  • Where do people and animals move to?
  • Animals that migrate.
Change over time
  • Changes in the local natural environment and how they can affect living things.
Learning outcomes
  • Understand the basic needs of animals.
  • Learn that animals live in a variety of different homes and habitats.
  • Discover how animals have adapted to live in different habitats.
  • Recognise that human activities are changing habitats.
  • Consider how we can protect animals under threat.

Super saver session or enhanced session 

The world around us: home and habitats 

Pupils will discover that there is a large variety of habitats. They will investigate what animals need to live: food, shelter, a safe place to live. Pupils will be introduced to a range of animals, establish the essentials for an animal to survive and flourish in its own niche and look at the range of habitats that animals are found in. 

Curriculum Content 
The basic needs of animals to survive, including a home, and the relationship between their life and the wide range of habitats in which they are found.
  • How animals are adapted or change to live in an environment which meets the demands of their survival requirements and physical adaptations.
Learning Outcomes 
  • Discover the difference between a habitat and a home.
  • Understand what a habitat must provide for comfortable living: a safe home, places to hide, good food source.
  • Explore the different habitats animals live in and what they provide.


Super saver session or enhanced session 

The world around us: sorting animals

Pupils will realise that there are many ways we can put animals into groups. They will be introduced to different types of animal. Through the use of images and close observation of live animals, the children will sort animals into groups using different methods including colour, movement and habitat. 

Curriculum Content 
  • The variety of living things in the world. 
  • How animals use colour to adapt to their natural environment.
Learning Outcomes 
  • Discover there is a wide variety of animals.
  • Understand some of the many ways that animals can be grouped together.


More information

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