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.