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KS2 | Habitat Exploration

This habitat exploration live lesson introduces young people to the microhabitats present in their own garden. Through exploration pupils will learn more about the invertebrate species found there, and how the microhabitats might change throughout the year.

FSC’s expert field tutor will answer questions about these species.

Teachers can submit questions and shout-outs in advance after registering their class for the live lesson.

Broadcast on Thu 30 Apr 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11

Prepare your class for this live lesson by using the supporting resources available on this page, which support pupils to develop their knowledge of invertebrates and create their own simple identification key.

Develop pupils’ investigative skills by using the fact files and guides within the resource pack to help pupils to think of a variety of questions. The FSC will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Live lessons can easily accommodate learners joining from home. Read our extra guidance for school closures here.

Lesson Outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

We will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the habitat exploration.

2. Subject knowledge (5 minutes)

The tutor will then introduce the site and explain a little bit about the microhabitats present and the specific conditions of these microhabitats.

3. Activity Time (20 minutes)

The tutor will lead a microhabitat exploration and introduce two key species found during this minibeast hunt.

Pupils can work alongside us, labelling their own drawing or picture of the invertebrate within the resource pack.

Finish by creating a frame to view their own green space and make predictions of how it may change throughout the year. At this point, questions can be submitted via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and Conclusions (15 minutes)

After completing the activity, the tutor will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast we will suggest some other activities that you may like to try to continue to explore a local green space and what’s coming up in #fieldworklive 2020.


FSC Fieldwork live Speaker Lou Hilderly

Lou Hilderly

Tutor, FSC

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