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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