Habitats KS1 – Eight free lesson plans from the RSPCA

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Years 1-2


Use this free habitats KS1 lesson plan bundle from the RSPCA to encourage your young learners to explore the world around them…

From the tiniest insect to burrowing badger, we share our environment with a wide range of wildlife. In these lessons, pupils will think about the impact humans have on wildlife and what we can do, as compassionate citizens, to protect them.

What is a habitat?

Habitats are places where animals and plants live. The plants and animals – including humans – in a habitat need each other to survive.

Animal habitats KS1

Topics covered in these habitats KS1 lesson plans include:

  • What is a habitat?
  • Caring for habitats – introduce pupils to the effect that human actions can have on both animals and their environments
  • Habitat ground rules – develop a code of conduct before you study wild animals in their natural habitat, thinking about animal wellbeing and pupil safety
  • Pond frogs – this role play activity looks at problems created for wild animals by irresponsible and thoughtless human behaviour
  • The web of life – look at simple food chains and encourage pupils to recognise the importance of each animal within the chain
  • Who goes where? – introduce pupils to the concept of gathering evidence on different animals’ and plants’ habitats through investigation
  • Woodlice habitats – a scientific investigation of animals in their habitats that you can carry out over several lessons
  • Needs of wild animals – introduce pupils to the concept of grouping/classification and making keys

Habitats KS1 lesson plans

These free lesson plans from the RSPCA contain:

  • Starter activities
  • Main activities
  • Plenary activities
  • Curriculum objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Vocabulary

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Habitats KS1 lesson plans
Habitats KS1 – Eight free lesson plans from the RSPCA

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