Key stage 1 (KS1) courses

Habitat comparison (KS1)

A fun and informative way to learn about habitats, children will compare a woodland and pond habitat from the point of view of the animals who live there.


The day will involve hands-on activities looking at the variety of plants and animals in two different habitats, and comparison of how the different conditions affect them. Half the day's activities will be focusing on the pond and the other on woodland.

Areas covered

  • General effects of different conditions on plants and animals 
  • Direct observations of the two habitats looking at
  • general differences and similarities
  • variety of habitats in each
  • sensory activities focusing on sound, colour, smell
  • observations of animals both vertebrate and invertebrates
  • sampling techniques to look more closely at invertebrates
  • National Curriculum links

    Early Learning Goals (ELG):
    Knowledge and understanding of the world - exploration and investigation; look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
    Sense of place

    Attainment Target (AT) 2: 5a find out about the different kinds of plants and animals in the local environment; 5b identify similarities and differences between local environment and ways in which these affect animals and plants found there

    Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
    Science units: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1F


    Sorry, this cannot be offered as a half day option

    Environmental education service


    Tel: 01689 860571

    High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH