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Nature Walk

Topic: Planning & presenting data

National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten day celebration of science, engineering and technology. Within the programme there are a number of cross-curricular events, activities, and competitions.

In this activity, children use art to record their scientific observations.

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· to predict which plants can be found in different local habitats

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

· to compare different habitats

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 4 successfully.

· to observe differences in plants

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 5 successfully.

   
Curriculum Link

Science:
QCA Unit 2B: Plants and animals in the local environment
· that there are differences between local habitats
· to make predictions about the animals and plants found in different local habitats and to investigate these
· to use drawings to present results and make comparisons saying whether their predictions were supported
Scientific enquiry
· make predictions

Literacy

· speaking and listening - describe the different habitats
· discursive writing - write a description of a habitat
Numeracy
· count the number of plants in the different habitats

 
Running the Activity

Introducing the activity

· Display Page 1 of the activity through a data projector or on an OHT.
Discussion starters
- the different places that plants can grow
- introduction of the word ‘habitat'
- descriptions of the different habitats

Leading the main activity

· Display Page 2 through a data projector or on an OHT. Discuss the different habitats and relate to the habitats found in your own school grounds.

· Display Page 3 through a data projector or on an OHT. Discuss the different types of plants.

· Display Page 4 through a data projector or on an OHT. Print off copies for the children as appropriate. Discuss which plants belong in which habitat.

· Display Page 5 through a data projector or on an OHT.

- If possible take children outside to photograph/draw/paint two different plants.
- If it is not possible to take children outside then a selection of different plants can be brought into the classroom for copying.
- Decide how to set up their investigation
- Print off results table, children to draw their results

 
Web Links

British Science Association
National Science and Engineering Week

BBC Science Clips
Interactive activity about plants and animals in the local environment

BNSC The Learning Zone
Interactive activity about plants and animals in the local environment

 
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