EYFS Academic

Pupils explore Thornton’s 25-acre parkland to unearth animals in their natural habitats.


This term, our Year 2 girls are beginning their exploration of different habitats and learning that most animals live in environments to which they are best suited.

Mrs Mathieson introduced the new Science topic to her class by leading a field investigation into the micro-habitats on our doorstep. Concentrating on damp and shaded areas, the girls predicted what they might see under logs and paving slabs and in the school’s woodland.

To put their theory to the test, they set about exploring these settings and gathering the likes of woodlice, beetles, ants, centipedes and millipedes with the aid of bug kits and brushes. These animals, they learnt, obtain their food from plants and other living things in the same habitat. They are suited to a specific place and may not be able to survive elsewhere.

En route, the girls were excited to discover a toad hiding in a damp tree stump surrounded by empty snail shells and they noticed two flies trapped in a spider’s web – evidence of how nature’s food chains work, how one creature survives by eating another.

This early fieldwork will lead the children on to learning how to read, explain and create a food chain in future lessons.


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