Year 5: 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 Five. 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:
• describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
• describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
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Links and Resources
A lifecycle is the different stages a plant or animal goes through during its life. This presentation is a great way of showing children the distinct stages of lifecycles with the summary table showing the similarities and differences between mammals, amphibians, reptiles and flowering plants. The table could even be extended to include insects and birds so they might also be compared.
Playing the Turtle lifecycle game helps children see distinct stages of lifecycles and how they may be affected by environmental factors.
Making a lifecycle wheel is a good way of showing the stages of a lifecycle. Templates are provided for the lifecycle of a locust and a butterfly but children could make their own wheels for different species. This would be a great way of comparing similarities and differences between different animals and would also make a great display!
The resource also includes a wealth of information and activity ideas relating to locusts including: identification, adaptation and food chains.
Dissecting a flower is a great way of finding out about sexual reproduction in plants and a practical activity children really enjoy. Lilies, tulips and daffodils make good flowers to dissect. Ask children to find the different parts, label them and find out about their role in reproduction. The second booklet looks at pollination, fertilization and seed dispersal. Be aware of any allergies and that the pollen may cause staining on clothes. The resource also includes additional information for teachers on the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.
Starting with an engaging video clip highlighting the stages in the life cycle a human, frog and poppy. Teacher’s notes provide a detailed lesson plan which incorporate subject knowledge, classroom activities, film clips, possible misconceptions and questions which check understanding.
These materials help children to understand about life cycles, food chains, interdependence and adaptation. Children look at the growth of cabbages and the life cycles of two insects, the cabbage white butterfly and the Ichneumon wasp.
Activities link to work on comparing things that are living, dead and that have never been alive and exploring the life cycles of flowering plants and different animals. They are designed to help children develop scientific research and communication skills and provide opportunities for cross-curricular work.