This publication and accompanying downloadable resource pack of 24 engaging activities aims to support children’s learning about animals and their lifestyles in primary classrooms. It does this by:
providing a rich and engaging set of activities
creating opportunities for discussion and debate
motivating children to find out more about animals and their lifestyles
providing a focus, a context and a purpose for learning
creating opportunities for self, peer and teacher formative assessment.
We recognise that animals and their lifestyles is a challenging area to teach, so we have ensured that the nature and style of the activities addresses these challenges. Each activity will help children to:
become more aware of what they already know and of areas of uncertainty or disagreement with their peers
discover patterns and relationships that link animals and their lifestyles together
extend their range of examples of animals and their lifestyles that illustrate these patterns and relationships
develop understanding of some fundamental biological concepts
develop their research skills through structured, systematic and purposeful activities
enhance their science enquiry skills in non-practical settings.