Science KS1 / KS2: British plants, animals and landscapes through the four seasons

This clip shows the array of behaviour shown by plants and animals throughout the year, in tune with the seasons and the seasonal weather.

Plants and animals also time their lifecycles to coincide with each other.

Birds set up territories in the early spring, followed by courtship and the laying of eggs.

Chicks are born when there is an abundance of insects and plants to feed them with.

The good weather of summer and early autumn bring more ripening food for the animals, which they use to fatten themselves up or store for winter. In the winter, those that have not migrated or hibernated continue to search out food amongst the snow.

Some develop white camouflage to avoid predators, such as the mountain hare and ptarmigan.

Throughout the year humans enjoy seasonal leisure activities such as sunbathing, rambling or going on holiday, giving little thought to the growing or harvesting of food.

This clip is from 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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