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Nature Detectives

Learning objectives:

Discuss the meaning of the word ‘detective’ Name the 5 senses  and demonstrate the use of senses when looking for clues in nature Use appropriate equipment when looking for creatures and evidence of creatures e.g. magnifying glasses, collecting pots

Using our senses and a variety of equipment to walk round the site discovering evidence/clues about some of the creatures which live in the local area in a variety of habitats e.g. hedges and meadows. Depending on which creatures they discover, the session can include discussion of food chains, camouflage, roles (niches), hunting and hiding, homes, feeding and reproduction. Various games can be used in conjunction with the discussions. Pupils can draw their discoveries/use basic keys to identify them. Please specify when booking if you require the session to have a particular focus.

Curriculum links (KS1 & 2)


SCIENCE: Working Scientifically. Scientific Enquiry – Pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping. Living things and their habitats - identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. Animals - identify and name a variety of common animals.


ENGLISH: Spoken Language – Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers, ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge, participate in discussions, and role play.


ART and DESIGN: Use drawing to share their experiences.