Living Things & Their Habitats

In Y6, we developed our own categorisation key for plants and animals and then compared our key to Carl Linnaeus' original classification key. In the next lesson, each child 'discovered' a new species of animal and used Linnaeus' key to categorise the new animals according to their features. Key vocabulary and some examples of the newly discovered species are displayed on the board. Throughout the lessons, key questions asked by the children are jotted down and placed around the board for future reference and as a planning aid. 

During another lesson we tested the pH of the soil in our outdoor learning area. We took several soil samples and incorporated maths skills by finding the mean pH (division to the nearest 2 decimal points). We used this information to decide which vegetables to plant by researching what grows best in our soil's pH range. Photos of the children's work and examples of their work are displayed at the bottom left.

The border adds interest - it's made from photocopies of actual leaves from our playground!


Subject(s)Mathematics, Science, Biology, Working scientifically, Practical work, Outside the classroom, Enquiries and investigations, Chemistry
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