Learning about habitats and adaptations 

In our Habitats and Adaptations education workshop students will explore how animals are perfectly suited to living in their environments. Through hands-on activities, they will explore the adaptations of different species and will discover how closely-related species differ due to the habitat they've evolved to live in. Upper Key Stage Two students will also consider variation and inheritance in order to understand how these adaptations occur over many generations.

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.


KS2 (7-11 years)


45 minutes


35 students



Intended learning outcomes:

Lower KS2

Pupils will be able to:

  • Name and describe, using appropriate language, a variety of animal habitats from across the world and some of the animals that live there.
  • Describe, using appropriate language, how animal adaptations are suited to the environment that they are found.
  • Outline some of the positive and negative impact humans can have on habitats
  • Feel empowered that that they are part of positive action to protect animals in the wild

Upper KS2

Pupils will be able to:

  • Describe, using appropriate language, how animal adaptations are suited to the environment that they are found.
  • Recognise that although all the members of a species share the same adaptations, there will still be variation between them.
  • Describe how this variation may, over time, enable animals becoming adapted to a new environment
  • Name this process as evolution

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