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Habitats: Who lives where and why?

In this learning challenge we will investigate questions like “What is a habitat? Who lives where and why? Who eats what and why? Why do we need to look after habitats? Which habitats are under threat and what can we do to save them?”


In English we will read the story of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. This is a story about how mankind tries to stop the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and sets a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. We will use this fictional story to develop our understanding how a writer uses logic, reasoning and creative language to develop a plot. We will then use this knowledge to help us write a scientific report on a habitat of our choice.


In Maths we will learn how to use mathematical ideas to develop our understanding of habitats and present and interpret our findings in the form of graphs and diagrams. Through observing different habitats, we will develop our mathematical skills of measurement. In particular, we will develop our understanding of things like the importance of using standard measurements to record temperature, light, noise, and size of a habitat. From these measurements, we will then learn to estimate the health of a habitat.


In Science we will investigate habitats to explore the links between living things, such as plants, animals and humans. We will learn how the habitats of living things change the way plants, animals and humans depend on each other for food. We will also learn to use classification keys to help us group, identify and name a variety of living things in our local and wider environment. Finally, we will find out how habitats and environments can change posing dangers for the things that live in them.


In Art we will develop our technique of sculpturing to create a junk model of the Iron Man. While in Design and Technology we will research, design and make a home for a particular species of wildlife.


In Music we will explore well known piece of music like the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and will learn how to listen carefully to help us identify the instruments used by famous musicians use to represent animals in their musical piece.


In Geography we will recognise the ways in which people can threaten the existence of a habitat through carrying out activities like building towns and cities, farming and cutting down trees etc. We will locate, using atlases and globes, the world’s climate zones, biomes and vegetation zones and investigate how these can either help or threaten the existence of a habitat. We will then look at how the existence of some animals are threatened and explore ways we can protect them. In Computing will learn to use digital technologies effectively to research and create a digital presentation about a habitat under threat.


Finally, in History, we look at the importance of animals to past human civilisations and look a famous botanist from the past that made wonderful discoveries about the world’s important habitats.


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