Resource ID 105072

Lower KS2 Science

Living things and their habitats
"Local Species Classification Challenge!"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Local Species Classification Challenge!"
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105071 - Lower KS2 Low Ability

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Students will scientifically observe the characteristics of different animals and to begin to use keys in order to classify them.

Contextual Summary

This on-site science activity enables students to work scientifically in observing and grouping living things (organisms) at Robin Hill Country Park. This resource engages students with specific elements of their visit, linking their learning to the curriculum; they will gain knowledge from their general engagement with the natural environment at Robin Hill and practise their scientific skills, identifying types of living organism and grouping them as appropriate based on certain characteristics.

Key Skills Practised
  • Working scientifically
  • Using scientific terminology to describe observations
  • Using scientific keys to begin to classify animals
  • Raising and answering questions based on their observations
Learning Opportunities


Children need to make critical observations of features in the animal kingdom. They will also learn that living things can be classified in different ways. Characteristics of vertebrates can be discussed in preparation of the visit.

Learning Outcomes

Students recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. Students name a variety of things that can be found in the local and wider environment. Students explore and use classification keys to help group a variety of living things.

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