This term, Year 2 have been having fun learning all about animals and their habitats. Over the past few weeks, they have learnt about the criteria that defines whether things are living, dead or have never been alive, which includes consuming energy, reproducing, growing and moving. This concept of consuming energy was explored further, when learning various animal food chains. We considered animals that live underwater, as well as those who live on land, looking at the web of networks created by the food chains of animals that inhabit the same habitat. Through this, children learnt a range of new scientific vocabulary, including predator, apex predator, prey and consumer.
They have also learnt about the ways in which animals are adapted to survive in their environment, and how these changes occur over time. Using camels, polar bears and fish as examples, children studied and compared these physical changes, recognising their necessity for survival. In addition to this, they have looked at the different classification groups with which we can describe and categorise animals, focusing mainly on the six core groups; these are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and insects. The children used reference books and the internet to study the different criteria of each classification group, finding examples of animals for each and describing how their bodies align with the criteria of the which group they belong to.
To showcase their new knowledge and understanding, the children have each created a range of excellent pieces of work this term. This has so far included an informative fact-file about nocturnal animals, a sophisticated PowerPoint with 3D models showing the different animal groups and a Sway about both on-land and underwater food chains. They have also had the opportunity to make a stop-play animation on Purple Mash, to demonstrate the life cycle of a plant. All of this learning will be complimented fantastically by our upcoming trip to the zoo, where the children will be able to call upon their knowledge when making observations of the animals.