Science KS1 / KS2: How summer affects plants and animals

Throughout the summer, animals must continue to find and eat food.

A variety of insects search for food and pollinate flowers and this clip reflects the process.

Humans are not bound by the constant need to find food and so enjoy the good weather.

They take part in leisure activities such as walking in a park, sunbathing, eating outside and playing cricket.

Summer rains have to be endured by humans and wild animals alike, limiting their behaviours, but are perfect for snails which can be seen moving around with ease and demolishing cabbages.

Farmers need the good weather to harvest crops and they work late into the night with combine harvesters to gather the grain before the rains come again.

This clip is from: The Great British Year

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2:

Children could make some simple food chains each one containing a plant and an animal that eats it, or an animal that eats another animal.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Science/ Geography

This topic is suitable for KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland. Also Early and 1st Level in Scotland.

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