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20 October 2014
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Plants and animals in the local environment

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Offline lesson plan


Find out about different kinds of plants and animals in the local environment

National Curriculum

England: Key Stage 1, Science, Sc1 1, 2b, 2f; Sc2 5a, 5b

Wales: Key Stage 1, Life processes and living things, 4.1

Northern Ireland: Key Stage 1, Living things, Animals and plants, a

Scotland: 5-14 Guidelines, Science, Interaction of living things with their environment Level A

Resources required

Copies of Plants and animals worksheet printed from the Science Clips website

Large sheets of sugar paper with three large circles labelled Air, Water, Land


Large pictures of a tree, a bird, a duck, a frog, a fish, a flower and a butterfly

Large picture of a pond or water scene

Reference books and CD-ROMs

Teaching activities

Take the class into the playground and note what you can see in the air and on the ground, e.g. birds, flies, bees, ants, beetles, worms, caterpillars, squirrels, cats, trees, flowers, grass.

Return to the classroom and verbally remind the children of what they saw. What did we see when we looked up in the air. What did we see when we looked down on the ground? Also ask what they might see on water, for example in a pond. Show the picture of the pond to stimulate ideas.

Children work individually at tables but discuss their work with the person next to them. Hand each child a worksheet. Ask them to think about what they have just seen outside, and their discussion about water. Ask them to draw or write the things they saw in the air in the circle labelled Air; draw or write the things they saw on the ground in the circle labelled Land; draw or write the things they might see or have seen in water in the circle labelled Water. Say that you would like them to draw at least three things in each circle.

Display the large sheet of sugar paper and the seven large pictures of plants and animals. With the whole class on the carpet, ask individual children to volunteer to come up and stick a picture in the correct circle. When a child hesitates, ask s/he to say out loud where s/he thinks the picture should go. Ask other children if they agree or disagree with this choice. By doing this, make clear that some pictures can go in more than one circle. For example, the butterfly and the bird can be in the sky or on land. If the bird is a duck, it could also be on water.


Ask the children to choose a different environment, e.g. desert, jungle, city, countryside, and find out what plants and animals they might find there using reference books and CD-ROMs.

Suggested homework

Ask the children to look out of their bedroom windows at home and draw or list the trees, plants, birds, insects and animals that they can see. This might include family pets as well as wildlife.


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