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Let's Go Nuts: Key Stage 2

Also known as the ‘Squirrel Game’, this quick, fun, activity helps children to learn about seed dispersal and one of the most well-known relationships in nature. It also tests their memory.

Red Squirrel © Terry Cavner

At the start of their visit the children are given nuts and asked to pretend that they are squirrels and cache them in the woods and remember where they have hidden them. An hour or so later, when they are leaving the woods they are asked to find their hidden nuts and consider the relationship between the tree and the squirrel. They will also learn about nature conservation by hearing about the Red Squirrel and how it is becoming extinct due to the introduced Grey Squirrel.

This activity lasts 5-10 minutes on the way in and 5-10 minutes on the way out, depending on group size.

Learning Outcomes/Curriculum Links

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

English Curriculum: Spoken Language

This activity will help children to:

  • learn about the role of animals in seed dispersal and animal behaviour
  • learn about how nearly all food chains start with a green plant and about feeding relationships
  • identify and name some of the different kinds of animals in their local environment 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.
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • learn language associated with wildlife and nature.
  • care for the environment.