KS2: Science – ‘Animal Dads’

The differentiated objectives for this lesson were devised by using the 2011 National Curriculum attainment targets for Science at Key Stage 2.

A lesson examining the many species in the animal kingdom in which the male is the primary caregiver.¬† Pupils learn how the male seahorse gives birth to the young, (with¬† link to a fascinating video); that the midwife toad male carries the eggs on his back’; that the Siamese fighting fish builds and tends to a nest made of bubbles and how the emperor penguins endures a harsh winter to care for a single egg. Learners are then asked to consider gender roles in the context of the human father.

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