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Living Things & Their Habitats


Our topic will start with a visit from Animals Take Over,   where we will be able to handle and discuss vertebrates and invertebrates in detail.

National Curriculum Science Objectives:

Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals.

Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

To decide on the best way to present evidence.

To interpret observations and use them to develop explanations.

We will learn:

Micro-organisms, plants and animals can be subdivided

 Animal Kingdom 2 broad Groups – Vertebrates (backbone) and Invertebrates (no backbone)

 Arthropods (invertebrate with an exoskeleton) are divided into four major groups:

  • insects
  • myriapods (including centipedes and millipedes);
  • arachnids (including spiders, mites and scorpions);
  • crustaceans (including slaters, prawn and crabs). 
  • There are 5 basic groups of microorganisms:
  • 2 main groups of plants - Flowering and Non-Flowering Plants
  • a. Bacteria.
  • b. Fungi: yeasts and moulds.
  • c. Viruses.
  • d. Protozoa.
  • e. Algae.

 Name a range of living things animal; vertebrate and invertebrate

Make and use a branching key.

Ask a range of questions to enable putting animals into groups.

Recognise and explain the differences between fungi, plants and microbes.

Plants can photosynthesise; Fungi is a separate kingdom to plants, decomposers, mould is a type of fungus; Bacteria large group of single celled organisms without a nucleus, can live in extreme environments.

Name a range of living things plant; flowering and non-flowering

Ask a range of questions to enable putting plants into groups.

Observe carefully in order to identify living things.

Discover the work of Carl Linnaeus


We will be sharing a lot of lovely books during this topic and we will gain a greater understanding of the 5 kingdoms.

We will continue with our English vehicle text The Ways of the Wolves. We will now be writing a balanced argument and also a suspense narrative and an information text.

In maths we will be moving algebra