Living things and their habitats – KS1 science unit

What's included?

PDF lesson plan, four Powerpoint displays, plus food chains worksheet

Key Stage



Years 1-2


Written by experienced primary teacher Abby King, this innovative six-week series focuses on helping children in KS1 explore living things and their habitats, and the difference between living and dead things and natural and man-made materials. It uses Helen Ward’s beautiful picture book The Tin Forest to do this.

Pupils will also explore habitats, identify where different animals and plants live and explore simple food chains. The topic culminates in a piece of artwork inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau.

Living things and their habitats

Use these free PowerPoints and worksheets to explore the following KS1 science concepts:

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain

The resources included are:

  • Alive, dead or never alive PowerPoint
  • Match the animal to its habitat PowerPoint
  • Habitats odd one out PowerPoint
  • Simple food chains PowerPoint
  • Simple food chains cut and stick worksheet

Abby King has worked in KS1 and 2 and currently teaches at an inner-city primary school in Birmingham.

Living things and their habitats KS1 science unit
Living things and their habitats – KS1 science unit

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