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Living things and their habitats

This half term we will be exploring ‘Living things and their habitats’.  The children will be investigating plants and animals in our local environment and exploring those that live in alternative settings.  The class will research how environments can change and can pose a threat to habitats.

Year 4 became detectives for the afternoon after Miss Holmes claimed to have discovered a large fossil in the school vegetable patch! After visiting the site and watching a video of Miss Holmes describing her findings, the class took to work on finding out what she had discovered.  Using their investigative skills the children worked in teams to identify what the species might have been, when it would have roamed around, what it would have eaten and what the habitat would have been like. 

Year 4 have taken part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch 2016! It has been a lovely Spring afternoon for spotting wild birds in the school grounds.  The children have carefully located birds in the secret garden and woodland and have recorded their results in a tally and inputted them into the RSPB online survey.  As part of our habitats topic, we have also made birdfeeders to attract more wild birds into the grounds.

To support our understanding of 'Living things and their habitats', Year 4 took a trip to Seven Acres Nature Reserve.  The habitats session was run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who led an investigation into different habitats within the reserve.  The children discovered lots of wildlife whilst pond-dipping, river kicking and minibeast hunting in the woodland.  We found fresh water shrimp, leeches, stickleback, worms, mayfly larvae and lots of fresh water mint; a plant found submerged in a pond.  It was a fantastic day where we could get close to nature and discover lots about our local habitats.

 

Year 4 have been learning how to use and create classification keys.  Using the data they collected of living things found in the school grounds, they have created a list of questions and developed a classification key.

This week the class have been exploring different world habitats.  To share their research they have produced information texts and trioramas for display.  Here are some photographs of our work.  You can find more on the class display page.

 

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Today Year 4 have been learning how to categorise animals based on their features.  We have explored vertebrates and invertebrates and broken this down further to discuss whether vertebrates are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds or fish.  The class then carried out an investigation, where they predicted what vertebrates and invertebrates they would find in the school woods and what habitats they would find them in.  Here are some photographs showing our investigation.

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