Year 2 science and computing!

In Science recently we have been thinking about habitats and what that means . We learnt a simple definition as part of our Word Aware program – ‘A habitat is a place where an animal or plant lives‘.  We have been doing a lot of work understanding why different species of animal live in different habitats.

During ‘Mini Explorers’ we had the opportunity to hunt for minibeasts in our playground and forest, finding out what their habitats are like. The children loved exploring the forest area and looked under logs, under pallets, in the trees and found so many different types of minibeast in their habitat!

Here are some photos:

The children recorded what they found and where on the map, plus how many of each minibeast were spotted:


In computing we have been learning about graphing. Therefore, the children have taken this information (data) about minibeasts in their habitat,  to create their own graph. They had to write a title for their graph, input the data (how many of each type of minibeast they found) and then generate their own block graph by following instructions. They then had to save their work.  From this the children were able to interpret the data and answer questions:

  • Which minibeast did you find most of?
  • Which minibeast did you find least of?

The children also enjoyed generating pie charts and line graphs too!

Here are some finished pieces of work:

How you can help at home

Encourage your child to spend time in the garden, park or woodland to look for minibeasts in their habitats.

Record on a simple chart or map.

Together draw a simple block graph/pictograph to show the number of minibeasts found.

Discuss together  and interpret the data. Which were the most/least popular minibeast found?

Research and discuss the habitats of other animals.