This half term our Science topic is Living Things and their habitats.
This week we looked more closely at what a mini beast is. We know they are invertebrates and have an exoskeleton. We also know they can be classified according to certain characteristics such as number of legs and whether they have wings or not. We know that mini beasts take many shapes and forms. We examined a range of invertebrates and discussed the characteristics. We then designed our own mini beast and thought about these questions during the design process.
This week we looked at a range of Invertebrates. Invertebrates are animals which don't have a backbone. Some have soft bodies, like worms and slugs. Other invertebrates, like insects, spiders and crustaceans, have a hard outer casing called an exoskeleton. We went on an Invertebrate hunt on a range of surfaces, a soft ground surface (soil) a hard man-made surface (playground) and on plants (wildlife garden) We recorded our findings on a tally chart.
We started our topic by taking our learning outside. We carried out fieldwork in the wildlife garden exploring habitats, plants and animals found there. We worked in pairs and completed a wildlife treasure hunt. We had to find a range of living and non living things. We used magnifying glasses and took photographs using the iPads of what we observed. We then returned to the classroom to record our findings. We also talked about the characteristics of living things and how the acronym MRSGREN can help us to remember all the necessary features of living organisms: Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion and Nutrition.