Exploring Nature with iNaturalist KS2

Invite the children to become a naturalist for the day

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 6

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


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.


How to use iNaturalist

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


A Guide for Observing Nature

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

Curriculum Objectives

  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
        • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
          • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
      • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
        • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
          • Report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.