Primary Science: Creatures and Colour - Live Lesson

A school trip without even having to leave your classroom!

If you’re looking for great science activities for KS1 and KS2, join us for a very special winter school trip to the zoo in partnership with Chester Zoo.

Naomi Wilkinson and Mr Smith are joined by zoo ranger Sean, as well as a whole host of magnificent beasts, to investigate why animals are different colours. Why can a chameleon camouflage? Why does a tiger have stripes? And why is a butterfly so beautifully bright? They tackle these questions and more in this fun-filled Live Lesson.

Get ready for the Live Lesson and download the differentiated worksheets packed full of fun activities from colouring animals, to match their habitats, to creating your own ‘pledge for wildlife’.

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Zoo Ranger Sean answers more of your animal questions in this bonus Q&A. Want to know why sloths are slow? Or whether elephants can eat peanuts? Naomi Wilkinson and Mr Smith ask all your burning questions!

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 1

Pupils will be encouraged to:

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, for survival (water, food and air)

Key Stage 2

Pupils will be encouraged to:

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways

Supporting resources from Twinkl

This Live Lesson is supported by free teaching resources from Twinkl.

Frogs come in all sizes, shapes, colours and patterns - but why? Mr Smith and Zoo Ranger Anya explore why native UK frogs are dull green when poison arrow frogs are small and brightly coloured. How does each frog’s colouring help them survive and thrive in their habitats? You could use this short film as a springboard for further classroom exploration into camouflage, habitats, adaptation and bright colours.

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