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Primary Science Resources for the National Curriculum

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KS1 - Year 2 - Living things and their habitats

Animals and their habitatsFree! 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A003

Children match a range of animals to their habitats. They explain things that the habitats provide the animals with.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a2: 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
I can match animals to their habitats.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Animals and their habitats

Living and non-living 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A001

Children look at 12 pictures. They place them into 2 groups - living and non-living.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a1: explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
I can group things according to whether they are living or non-living.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Living and non-living

Alive, dead and never alive 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A002

Children look at 16 different objects and attempt to classify them as alive, dead or never alive.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a1: explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
I can group things according to whether they are alive, dead or have never been alive.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Alive, dead and never alive

Adaptations 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A004

Children read about what adaptations are. They match four animals to their habitats and discuss two adaptations that each animal has that enable them to survive in their habitat.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a2: 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
I can explain how some animals are adapted to their habitats.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Adaptations

Naming animals and plants 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A005

Children name a variety of familiar animals and plants. They think about ways to group them.

I can name common animals and plants.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Naming animals and plants

Investigating micro-habitats 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A006

Children carry out a field investigation into three local micro-habitats. They predict what they might see, draw what they can see, and after the investigation compare and contrast the three micro-habitats.

  • ks1w2: observing closely, using simple equipment
  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2a2: 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
I can identify and name some plants and animals in the local area.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Investigating micro-habitats

Food chains 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A007

Children learn how to read and explain a food chain. They create four of their own food chains, each containing three organisms.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a4: 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.
I can create and describe a food chain.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Food chains

Food sources 

Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | OS2A008

Children read about food chains which start with a producer and end with a human being. They use pictures to create 3 food chains, with 2, 3 and 4 elements.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2a4: 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.
I can show different sources of food using a food chain.
Outstanding Science Year 2 - Living things and their habitats | Food sources