Animals Including Humans

Science Year 1/2 Wild and Wonderful Creatures

Using plastic animal toys, sort them into different groups and learn all about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Create show box dioramas for the animal toy and annotate with researched information. Make a micro-safari for a toy car, with a recorded message for the pretend drivers!

Session 1 Different kinds of animals

Objectives

Use plastic toys to talk about the characteristics of different animals. Sort them into groups and write facts around large outlines of different creatures.

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores & omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  3. Identify. and classify.
  4. Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Teaching and Activities

Teaching

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets (1AH).
  • Identify and discuss the characteristics of different animals.
  • Categorise them according to those features and characteristics.

Activities

  1. Identify a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates).
  2. Identify and discuss the characteristics of different animals.
  3. Categorise them according to those features and characteristics.

Investigation - exploring, seeking patterns
Using plastic animal toys, pass around and brainstorm all the information the class already know about different animals. Sort different creatures into sets according to criteria such as appearance, structure, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates.
Year 1
- Discuss the meaning of those groupings.
Year 2 - Sort creatures into carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

Vocabulary
Birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores

Session 2 We are wonderful creatures too!

Objectives

Create a desert island in the classroom using blue sheets of material for the water and yellow for the island. Imagine being stranded on the island. What would make you happy? What would your needs be? Send letters in bottles across the material sea, asking for essential provisions!

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores & omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, iv. mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Identify and classify.
  3. Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Teaching and Activities

Teaching

  • Consider the differences/similarities between what humans want and what they need to survive.
  • Discuss and draw up a list of essential items for basic survival.
  • Discuss together questions to assess learning, such as: what do humans need to survive? Why do you need food? Why do you need water? What do animals need to survive? Is there a difference?

Activities

  1. Understand what they need to survive and what else they might need to be comfortable and happy.
  2. Discuss why they need certain things for survival, including food and water.

Investigation - problem solving
Consider the differences/similarities between what they want and what they need to survive. Discuss and draw up a list of essential items for basic survival.
Year 1
- Understand what they need to survive and what else they might need to be comfortable and happy.
Year 2 -Discuss why they need certain things for survival, including food and water.

Vocabulary
Basic needs, water, food, air, breathing, survival

Session 3 Habitats in a bottle

Objectives

Use craft and natural materials to create mini scenes in plastic bottles for different wild creatures.

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores & omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
  2. Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  3. Perform simple tests.
  4. Identify and classify.
  5. Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  6. Gather and record data to help answer questions.

Teaching and Activities

Teaching

  • Research the basic needs and habitats of some wild animals.
  • Discuss and plan together a mini- habitat for a plastic animal.
  • Create a mini scene inside a plastic bottle using craft and natural materials.

Activities

  1. Understand the basic needs and habitats of some wild animals.
  2. Discuss and plan together a mini-habitat for a plastic animal.
  3. Create a mini scene inside a plastic bottle, focusing on including predators, prey, places to hide and basic foods for the creatures included.

Investigation - researching and analysing secondary sources
Create show box dioramas for plastic animal toys or laminated images of wild and wonderful creatures.
Year 1 – with support .
Year 2 -Annotate the dioramas with researched information (Researching and analysing secondary sources).

Vocabulary
Birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, habitats

Session 4 Facts and Flaps

Objectives

Label the bottle scenes with facts and researched information. Make lift-the-flap books to accompany the bottles.

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores & omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  3. Perform simple tests.
  4. Identify and classify.
  5. Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  6. Gather and record data to help answer questions.

You Will Need

Provided Resources

  • Embryo to Chick resource
  • Matching Babies to Adults game

Additional Resources

  • Bottle Habitats
  • Materials from last session (water, blue food colouring, laminated images of creatures, cellophane, pebbles, grit, small pot plants)
  • iPads and fact books
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Card and tape
  • Straws or lolly sticks
  • Book made of 45 or 43 pieces of card stapled together

Teaching and Activities

Teaching

  • Continue to create the habitats in a bottle by adding details such as offspring into the scene.
  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).
  • Add labels and information into the bottle scene.
  • Make a lift the flap information booklet to accompany the bottle.

Activities

  1. Understand that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).
  2. Work together in teams to make a lift the flap information booklet to accompany the bottles.

Investigation
Understand that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
Year 1 - Make lift the flap information poster on a wild animal.
Year 2 - Make lift the flap information books on a wild animal.

Vocabulary
Birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, habitats, offspring, babies, adults

Session 5 Micro-safaris

Objectives

Research the habitats, offspring and basic needs of African animals and make a safari in a tray, using plastic toys and natural materials.

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH)

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Identify and classify.
  3. Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  4. Gather and record data to help answer questions.

Teaching and Activities

Teaching

  • Research the habitats of wild safari animals, their offspring and basic needs.
  • Collate knowledge and information about a range of African animals.
  • Create a collective safari scene in a tray using craft and found materials.

Activities

  1. Collate and discuss knowledge and information about a range of African animals
  2. Create a collective safari scene in a tray using craft and found materials
  3. Share their work with their peers and use their imaginations to wonder

Investigation - researching and analysing secondary sources
Collate and discuss knowledge and information about a range of African animals.

Vocabulary
Birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, habitats, offspring, babies, adults

Session 6 Tour guides and visitors

Objectives

Record a tour guide for the Tray Safari and invite visitors to try it out!

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates (1AH).
ii) Identify, name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores (1AH).
iii) Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, and including pets) (1AH).
iv) Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (2AH).

Working Scientifically

  1. Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.
  2. Identify and classify
  3. Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  4. Gather and record data to help answer questions.

Teaching and Activities

Teaching birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, habitats, offspring, babies, adults

  • Continue to work on the Safari in a Tray.
  • Add a vehicle and people, signs and advertising.
  • Write and record an audio tour guide for the Safari in a Tray.
  • Invite visitors in to the classroom to try it out and to share in the learning.

Activities

  1. Understand the dangers and warnings associated with wild animal safaris.
  2. Be able to communicate that to others.

Investigation - researching and analysing secondary sources
Collate and discuss knowledge and information about a range of African animals.
Year 1 /2
Make a micro-safari in a tuff tray for a toy car, with a recorded message for the pretend drivers, announcing facts about the wild animals, including information about their offspring and basic needs.

Vocabulary
Birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, group, classify, habitats, offspring, babies, adults