Block H - Animal Habitats

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

Where do the animals of the world like to live? Learn about the amazing range of habitats around the Earth and how animals are adapted to live there. This block will look at hot and cold habitats, dry and wet habitats, high and low habitats! Learn through stories, information sources and direct observation of your local area. Use expressive arts to capture your learning and to express your own ideas, creating your own original animal adapted for your favourite habitat.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Who lives here?

Learn about the word habitat and explore amazing different habitats all over the word. Learn names for animal’s homes. Create a texture collage by picking and choosing resources and materials that fit with the habitat. Put the collage together to make a habitat display.

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02: Hot!

Learn all about hot animals and the different habitats they live in. Think about how they are adapted to their environment and how they stay safe. Draw and paint animals that live in hot climates to add to the collage habitat display. Sort and describe animals that live in hot habitats, go on a safari adventure and spot animals, dance to African music and make lions.

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03: Cold!

Learn about animals that live in cold climates and think about how hard this must be. Discuss ways that animals adapt to their habitat to help them. Write some of these animals down by segmenting. Watch a video clip about cold habitats and remember some information to share with the class. Paint a favourite cold climate animal to add to the texture collage. Create ‘cold’ dances to the soundtrack of Frozen, role-play with small-world animals and make their own polar bear.

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04: Wet!

Listen to water music and relax while thinking abut what animals might live in water. Watch a video clip on habitats and remember facts. Be aware of other wet habitats and what might live in them. Make an animal that lives in a wet habitat for the collage display and sort animals according to where they live. Play a sorting game on the computers, look through non-fiction books to find fascinating facts, and create underwater number sentences.

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05: High and low!

Learn about two habitats and that some animals like to make their homes high and others prefer to stay near the ground. Use reasoning to explain where they think an animal might live and why they think this. Paint a picture of animals that live high and low for the display collage, make animal homes from playdough, nests from real twigs and leaves, sort animals and play a habitat sorting game.

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06: Animal inventors

Putting all of their knowledge of animals, their habitats and how they adapt to their environments, children design and make their own animal to live in one of the habitats looked at.