Our desert habitat in a bowl.

Year 2
Habitats: Deserts

Create a desert habitat collage learning about the animals and climates they live in. Using desert plants create your own desert and find out about the animal food chains of the Sahara Desert. Hands-On Education understand all children are individual and learn in different ways. We firmly believe learning should be engaging and fun. We have enjoyed putting these hands-on activities together and finding a range of ideas for our children to access learning.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 6 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 5 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • 3 videos, providing examples of Desert Food Chains, their Habitats and a Map of the Sahara, this is to inspire and help your child’s own creativity.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Art, Geography and Science.

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Activity One - Desert Habitats Collage

Activity 1
Desert Habitats Collage

  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Activity Two - Sahara Desert Map

Activity 2
Sahara Desert Map

  • Ge1/1.1a name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Ge1/1.3a identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • Ge1/1.4a use world maps, atlases and globes to identify habitats deserts and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
Activity Three - Desert Animal Adaptations

Activity 3
Desert Animal Adaptations

  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Activity Four - Sahara Desert Food Chains

Activity 4
Sahara Desert Food Chains

  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • Sc2/2.1d describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food
Activity Five - How Do Cacti Store Water

Activity 5
How Do Cacti Store Water

  • Sc2/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
Activity Six - Create A Desert

Activity 6
Create A Desert

  • Suitable container
  • Small rocks
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Suitable plants, for example: cactus
  • Animal figurines (optional)
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1cidentify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Documentaries

Sir David Attenborough: Planet Earth

Sir David Attenborough: The Life Collection

Theses series both have beautiful imagery and wonderful explanations about a range of animals in their different habitats.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Geography = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity One - Desert Habitats Collage
Activity 1
Desert Habitats Collage
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Downloads:
Activity Two - Sahara Desert Map
Activity 2
Sahara Desert Map
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ge1/1.1a name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Ge1/1.3a identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • Ge1/1.4a use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
Downloads:
Activity Three - Desert Animal Adaptations
Activity 3
Desert Animal Adaptations
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Downloads:
Activity Four - Sahara Desert Food Chains
Activity 4
Sahara Desert Food Chains
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • Sc2/2.1d describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food
Downloads:
Activity Five - How Do Cacti shop Water
Activity 5
How Do Cacti Store Water
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1b identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitat
Downloads:
Activity Six - Create A Desert
Activity 6
Create A Desert
Practical Resources:
  • Suitable container
  • Small rocks
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Suitable plants, for example: cactus
  • Animal figurines (optional)
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/2.1cidentify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Downloads:
Documentaries

Sir David Attenborough: Planet Earth

Sir David Attenborough: The Life Collection

Theses series both have beautiful imagery and wonderful explanations about a range of animals in their different habitats.

Suggested Resources

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