Unit 1A: Ourselves
I am able to demonstrate a number of parent animals and their
babies as well as differing insect life cycles, including
incomplete and complete metamorphosis, using animals at various life
stages. I can also demonstrate how different types of
animals grow by demonstrating the shed skins and moulted
exoskeletons of reptiles and invertebrates respectively!
Within this unit of work the animals can also be used as a basis to
discuss animal senses and how they can be very different from
our own, and to discuss and demonstrate how different animals
move and get around.
Unit 2C: Variation
Using a wide range of different animals children will be introduced
to the concept of grouping animals based on their shared
characteristics, and also given the opportunity to see how much
animals differ from one another both between different groups and
even between individuals of the same species, just like us!
Unit 3A: Teeth and eating
A range of animals with very different feeding habits and
food preferences will be used to demonstrate the diversity of
animal eating habits (disgusting and otherwise) in the natural
Unit 4A: Moving and Growing
Animals with diverse methods of movement are used to
introduce children to the huge range of ways in which animals get
around their environments. A range of shed reptile skins and
moulted invertebrate exoskeletons are used to give a visual
demonstration of how these animals grow and change their
appearance. This is fascinating to experience and children
(and adults!) are always particularly amazed by the appearance of
the invertebrate exoskeletons left behind when these animals
Unit 4B: Habitats
My animals come from a huge range of habitats and from all
over the world, so are perfect for demonstrating the adaptations and
features which different animals possess in order to live and thrive
in their own environment. Animals from deserts, rainforests
and temperate forests can all be shown, as well as from all levels
of the rainforest from the jungle floor right up to the canopy!
Within this unit of work I can also expand on the variation theme as
discussed in Unit 2C above, and introduce Year 4 children at an
appropriate level to the concepts of the classification of living
things and how to use simple keys to identify animals and plants.
This unit also provides the opportunity to discuss wildlife
conservation issues, which is a subject close to my heart and is one
which will be considered to some extent in many other topic areas
Unit 5B: Life Cycles
I am able to demonstrate to children examples of both incomplete
and complete metamorphosis, with an emphasis on
reproduction and the production of eggs
or the bearing of live young to start these life cycles, using
animals at many life stages for both types of metamorphosis.
Beetles and their grubs are used to
demonstrate a complete metamorphosis (like that of a butterfly), and
a number of animals including giant stick insects and praying mantids can be used to demonstrate
incomplete metamorphosis, where the animal goes through a series of
gradual changes on its life cycle from baby to adult...
Unit 6A: Interdependence and Interaction
A selection of
animals of different sizes and with varying feeding habits can be used as the
basis to discuss the concept of food chains and food webs in a given
habitat, and the importance of one species to support the existence
A focus on one or
two animals from very different habitats can be useful to enable
children to understand why and how animals are adapted to their
environment and also the problems they would face if placed in an
alien environment to which they are not suited...