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Science Project

Over the next 2 weeks in our new home learning project we will be looking at some Science.


We are going to look at the topic living things and their habitats and will focus on recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.

Task 1

Read the PowerPoint 'Grouping living things' attached

  • What are living things?
  • What do they all have in common?
  • Make notes in your work book to help you answer the questions within the presentation.
  • Look at the different tools suggested in the presentation that you can use to sort the living things e.g. Carroll and Venn diagrams.

Task 2

Can you sort the living things into groups?

  • Complete the 'Science sorting activity' attached, using the knowledge from the presentation to help you. What do you notice?
  • What difference does using different criteria have on your groupings?
  • How many different types of Carroll and Venn diagrams can you create?
  • Could you have a go at sorting the living things into more than two groups?

Task 3

Can you find your own living things?

  • Download the 'Seek' by iNaturalist app onto a mobile phone or tablet (shown at the end of the PowerPoint presentation in Task 1.)
  • Go for a walk to the park, around your garden, or even up and down your street with an adult, for example to see how many living things you can find on the app.
  • If you do not have access to the app, you could still just jot down what you find with a pen and paper.


Task 4

Can you sort the living things you found into groups?

  • Choose either a Venn or a Carroll diagram from the PowerPoint presentation in Task 1.
  • Decide which categories you are going to use to group your living things.
  • Group your living things and complete the diagram.
  • Choose the other diagram that you haven't used yet, choose different categories and group the living things again.
  • Is there anything different or the same as the first time you grouped them? 


There are additional ways that you could group living things. Can you investigate what the different groups are called that we classify different types of living things under? e.g. Mammals

Additional Challenge

Can you investigate the following words to help you find out even more information about grouping living things?

Environment Flowering Exoskeleton
Plants Animals Non-flowering




Can you create a branching database to challenge your family or friends to group a range of living things?  

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