Exploring Nature with iNaturalist KS1

Technology and nature meet to create a fabulous outdoor investigation; the perfect springboard for so much learning!

Years: 1, 2

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: PSHE, Science


Resource Overview

Pupils become wildlife explorers for the day and discover some of the wonderful wildlife in their school grounds or local neighbourhoods. By using these resources alongside the free wildlife recording app iNaturalist, pupils can submit biological records to local and national databases, helping scientists and researchers gain a greater understanding of a region's biodiversity - perfect for a bit of Citizen Science. Or keep it simple, and use the app to encourage children to look more closely whilst honing their identification skills.

Originally written for Bristol Natural History Consortium for the City Nature Challenge. For more information, please visit http://citynaturechallenge.org/.

 


Resource Assets

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Exploring nature with iNaturalist lesson plan

This lesson plan, whilst wonderfully exciting in it's own right, is a fabulous launchpad for so much more learning: habitat investigations, biodiversity exploration and using keys and identification tools.

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How to use iNaturalist

A straightforward explanation of how to use the app with children - making it simple and accessible for any confidence level.

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A Guide for Observing Nature

Ensure the children treat the living things they discover with respect and care.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7)
    • Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7)
      • Year 2 (aged 6-7)
        • Year 1 (Age 5-6)
          • Gather and record data to help in answer questions
          • Observe closely, using simple equipment
  • Year 1 (Age 5-6)
    • Identify and classify.
  • Year 2 (aged 6-7)
    • Identify and classify.