Year 2: Living things and their habitats

This list consists of lesson plans, activities and video clips to support the teaching of living things and their habitats at Year Two. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

• explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
•  identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
•  identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
•  describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

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