Investigating living things and their habitats

Sian Evans
22nd September 2016
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Science resources for KS1 and KS2 to explore where animals live and the reasons why

Understanding what makes something alive and how living things have adapted to suit certain environments is a topic that grows and develops throughout the national curriculum for primary science. From classifying animals to identifying their natural habitats, we've highlighted a range of engaging resources below to help you teach living things across the key stages.

KS1 resources

Introduce learners to living and non-living things with this clear PowerPoint presentation, encouraging children to identify similarities and differences between the two. Delve further into the topic with this illustrated slideshow, which highlights the seven characteristics of life and criteria that are common for all living things.  

Why not explore the world of minibeasts using this sorting exercise? It challenges your class to read, digest and interpret facts in order to classify creatures by number of legs, wings and shells. 

Discover more about where animals live with this straightforward activity, in which pupils match the correct habitats by cutting and sticking images onto a worksheet. Or, try this themed board game, designed to offer students an engaging insight into four habitats and the animals that live there.

KS2 resources

Use this well-structured introduction to consider the classification of living things and explore the origins of Aristotle's five kingdoms. After understanding the basics, let pupils have a go at classifying different animals themselves with these worksheets.

When planning a longer teaching sequence, be inspired by this medium-term plan. It includes opportunities to examine habitats in the classroom, as well as sending students outdoors and developing their scientific terminology.

Focus on rainforests with this colourful presentation, looking at each of layer and how animals adapt to the the environmental differences. Finally, wrap up a study of living things and their habitats by finding out how much your class have understood with this assessment*, complete with mark scheme.

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