Ask pupils to propose 'yes/no' questions that will sort a number of minibeasts using a tree diagram. (Tip: start with two or three creatures and add more into the tray once the concept is more secure.)
Choose the minibeasts on the first screen by dragging them into the tray one by one. On the sorting screen, add labels with questions and drag the arrows onto the screen to denote 'yes' or 'no'.
Activities designed to encourage children to think about the characteristics of a range of animals, including humans
A fun activity to help children learn about living things. Includes a worksheet.
A fun activity to help children learn about animal parts and health and growth. Includes a worksheet.
A fun activity to help children learn about variation. Includes a worksheet.
A fun activity to help children learn about animals and their adaptations. Includes a worksheet.
Drag the baby animal to its parent. What features are similar when comparing the adult to the baby? Can then ask staff/ children to bring in baby photos- can they match to the older version? How do we change as we get older?
This website has a huge archive of information (text, images and short video clips) about our plants and animals. There are dedicated sections for children and teachers. The teacher section has a huge range of resources for all ages, including PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.
Students can experience life as a tiger and find out about other exotic animals
BBC Bitesize information, activities and video clips on food chains.
BBC Bitesize content on food chains looking at consumers - carnivores and herbivores.
BBC Bitesize resource explaining the characteristics of mammals.
BBC Bitesize resource on the characteristics of birds
Use the text and pictures to gather the data required for the index cards (click the right pointing arrow to send the picture and title to the card). After completing several cards, ask pupils to propose questions and answer them by sorting them into labelled sets
An interactive quiz split into six sections. In each section children are asked questions and receive feedback on their answers. Correct answers are rewarded with part of a picture being revealed. If all six questions are answered correctly, a bonus question appears. Childern can tackle the quiz on their own, in groups or as whole class (to encourage discussion).
Links to quiz and worksheets related to living things. The activities look at: senses, movement, habitat, food, life and appearance of living things.
A fun activity to help children learn about animals. Includes matching offspring to their parents and matching animals with their food. Also includes a worksheet.
Flash activity on living and non-living things. Pupils can identify living things and inanimate objects. Pupils can also label the organisms in the diagrams. Too basic for some.
From Oxford University Museum of Natural History comes this quick sorting game in which children have to drag and drop animals into the correct category of mammal, amphibian, etc. Children can follow a link to find out more.
BBC Bitesize resources on what animals need to survive.
BBC bitesize resource on the characteristics of reptiles
BBC Bitesize resource on the characteristics of amphibians
BBC bitesize resource for age 5-7 on characteristics of fish.
Resource from BBC bitesize on insects.