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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Living things and their habitats

National curriculum content

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
  • Recognise that environments can change, and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.


Lesson objectives

  • To understand the meaning of classification.
  • To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • To explore the school grounds for vertebrates and invertebrates.
  • To classify the living things we found in our school grounds and present our findings.
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes post dangers to living things.       


What we want children to know

  • That living things are divided into different groups.
  • Living things can be grouped in different ways.
  • What characteristics are identified to classify.
  • The characteristics of vertebrate and invertebrate.
  • The human impact on different environments.


What skills we want children to develop

  • To make a classification key.
  • To identify vertebrate and invertebrate based on their characteristics.
  • To present findings in a variety of ways.
  • Use scientific evidence to support their reasoning.



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