Science KS1 / KS2: How winter affects plants and animals

Humans have great fun in the winter snow building snowmen, sledging and throwing snow balls.

Winter for animals is not so much fun, and this clip looks at the work animals put in with their continuing quest for food.

Sometimes humans provide food for animals during the winter.

Garden birds are given nuts and sheep are given straw.

Ploughing the soil turns up worms and grubs for seagulls to eat.

Many animals find food without the help of humans so must be ready for any opportunity.

Barn owls watch for mice, a robin keeps an eye on a mole hill and a squirrel searches for a nut it has stored away.

Huge flocks of seabirds dig under the sand and mud for food hidden beneath the beaches.

This is from the series: The Great British Year

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2

A discussion could be started on how animals find food to eat in the winter, and how humans can help them.

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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