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Biology - Animals and their Habitats

Intent: Science – Biology – Animals and Habitats 


Our school aims:
Through our Christian values, we aim for:

  • Happy, kind individuals;
  • Opportunities for all;
  • Love of learning for life;
  • Motivated children who can thrive and succeed; 
  • Empowered children equipped with the skills to flourish in the wider world;
  • Resilient, respectful and responsible children.

The curriculum is designed with our pupils and the Holmer community in mind. It enables children to access and enhance their understanding of their home, their city and the wider community, developing their cultural capital and giving them opportunities and choices about their future and their impact as they progress through their school career and beyond. This will help them become successful members of modern British society, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities.

Curriculum statements 
EYFS: “They make observations of animals and explain why some things occur.”
KS1: “To identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited.”
KS2: “To identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.”

What will be made, produced, performed, or published?
Children will produce pieces of work throughout the half term, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding.
They will participate in a sequence of lessons with a scientific focus, producing a range of evidence including written work.

What knowledge will the children have embedded?
Children will be able to recall specific scientific facts about animals and their habitats, appropriate to age. They will demonstrate an understanding of animals, habitats and their environment.


What retention may be demonstrated?
Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.
⇒ EYFS: Can you name an animal and where it lives? What animals may live in your garden?
⇒ KS1: : What is the difference between a starfish’s habitat and a bird’s habitat? What animals may you find in the desert?
⇒ KS2: What type of animals migrate and why? Why would changes to a habitat endanger animals?

Cultural Capital 

  • Children will gain an understanding of animals and their habitats.
  •  Pupils may demonstrate knowledge of a variety of environments and the animals that live there.
  • They will have a knowledge of diverse environments around the world and know the effect of global change on these environments. 

British Values: 
⇒ Individual liberty 
⇒ Mutual respect
⇒ Tolerance of different faiths & beliefs