Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge – Carl Sagan

Spring 1 & 2

Classification of Living Things

This half term, you will be learning how to classify living things. Yr6ClassificationLessonPlan (1) Yr6ClassificationPresentation

Use the PowerPoint above and the lesson planning to work your way through a series of science lessons. All the worksheets you need are on the planning document.

In our live lessons throughout Spring 1, we learnt about classification, vertebrates, branching keys and invertebrates. This half term we will focus on plant classification. Open the PowerPoint below and work through the slides, clicking on the links where they appear. 

Year 6 Lesson 6 Plant classification (1)

You can also use the PowerPoint below to help you with your understanding of plant groups.


Once you’ve worked through both PowerPoints, you should then design the perfect habitat for your mythical creature you designed in Spring 1. Incase you missed that lesson, below is the PowerPoint to guide you through creating your mythical animal. Remember when designing the habitat to think about the types of plants that will live there too and how the plants will support or threaten other living things as well as how the plants have adapted to suit the environment.

Year 6 Lesson 4 platypus and fictional animals (2)


Autumn 2 

Evolution and Inheritance

This half term, we are looking at Evolution and Inheritance. This looks at how living things have evolved and adapted over time, and what key characteristics they have to make them fit for their climate and habitat.

What is Adaptation?

Living creatures (animals and plants) adapt or evolve to survive in their environment and to live amongst a specific group of other living things.

Every animal or plant on Earth has adaptations, or specific characteristics, that help it stay alive in its habitat. Examples of adaptations are fur, feather and fat (to help animals keep warm in cold habitats), long legs (to help animals escape from their predators) or camouflage (to help animals hide from their predators).

What is Evolution?

Over time, animals and plants change and evolve because offspring have slightly different characteristics to their parents. Living things born with adaptations that make their lives easier in specific habitats are more likely to survive; the process of advantageous adaptations being passed on to future generations is known as natural selection.

The theory of evolution explains how primitive life forms have changed and adapted over millions of years to become the complex living organisms living on Earth today.

Activity 1

Charles Darwin is an important character when looking at Evolution and Inheritance. Find out about him from watching this video then write a fact file or non-chronological report about him using these extra websites for information:

Charles Darwin

Darwin website


Activity 2

Become a Palaeontologist.

Follow the foosteps of Mary Anning and create your own fossils and extract them safely. You can then create a diagram of your fossil and how it related to a fossil that is thousands if not millions of years old. 

Mary Anning

Mary Anning on BBC Bitesize

Become a Palaeontologist


Activity 3

Look at how different animals have adapted to their habitats over time. Using these sheets provided, create a fact file on how animals have adapted and match up the adaptation to the animal.

Animal Adaptation Facts

Animal Adaptation Research Page

Matching Game

Useful Websites for more ideas:

There is so much you can learn within this topic and we recommend you explore these websites to find out what else you can learn about Evolution and Adaptation.

BBC Bitesize

Evolution Lab

Natural History Museum – Extinction

Natural History Museum – Collections

Natural History Museum – Living dinosaurs

Natural History Museum – Natural Selection