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Nature Hunters: Key Stage 1

This fun activity helps children to learn about some of the wildlife that lives in their local woods.

Working in small groups, children go in search of evidence of living things of all sizes: mini-beasts, feathers, footprints, nibbled seeds and nests. The children are asked to share what they have found with the other groups which leads to a question and answer session that gets the children to think and learn about the wildlife around them and life processes. Identification keys, collecting jars and magnifiers are used to help the children work out what creature they have found!

This activity lasts 20 minutes and works best if children are in groups of 6 or less, with each group supported by an adult.

Learning Outcomes/Curriculum Links

Science Curriculum: Working scientifically, Animals and Living Things & Their Habitats.

English Curriculum: Spoken Language

This activity will help children to:

  • identify and name some of the different kinds of animals in their local environment, describe and compare their structure and consider whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
  • relate life processes to animals found in the local environment.
  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • observing closely.
  • identifying and classifying.
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • learn language associated with wildlife and nature.
  • care for the environment.