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KS2 On the Move

Unit 1: What makes animals move?


This unit encourages the pupils to think about how animals interact with their environment, why they move and where do they move to. It looks at the reasons for the movement of a number of species and investigates the origination and destination of animals' migratory journeys. Pupils will investigate the migration of animals in their locality and  focus on the migratory habits of Brent Geese, Eels, Salmon and Starlings.

Learning Intentions

Pupils are learning:

  • Some of the ways people conserve/affect the environment. (Geography- Interdependence)
  • Local habitats. (Geography Interdependence)
  • The relationship between animals and plants in a habitat. (Science & Technology- Interdependence)
  • The main stages in the life cycle of some living things (Science & Technology- Interdependence)
  • Weather in the local area compared to places that experience very different weather conditions. (Geography- Place)
  • The range of means that animals move from one place to another. (Geography - Movement & Energy)
  • Consequences of change from a global perspective. (Geography - Change Over Time)
  • How animal behaviour is influenced by seasonal change. (Science & Technology- Change Over Time)
  • Obvious changes that occur in lifecycles. (Science & Technology- Change Over Time)


  • Observing migrating animals in their locality.
  • Finding out about areas in the world to which these animals move.
  • Looking at the lifecycles of migrating animals
  • Exploring some of the possible reasons why animals migrate.
  • Asking focused questions (Thinking, Problem-Solving, Decision-Making).

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