Key Stage 1 Lesson Plans

Ideas for Teachers

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Here is a downloadable lesson plan that can either be used pre visit, or as follow up work back at school. It links to the workshops available in the museum and links to the National Curriculum.

Canal Wildlife


This lesson introduces children to the variety of wildlife, particularly birds, mammals and insects, that live in, around and above the canal. It introduces the concept of habitat, and looks at the ways in which careless pollution can threaten such wildlife.

Learning objectives.

National Curriculum Links


  1. All children will learn that a variety of different animals live in & near the canal, and how to write a tally chart.
  2. Most children will be able to classify these into classes eg birds, mammals, insects etc without help
  3. Some children will understand the concept of habitat and the dangers of pollution.

Lesson Plan - Canal Wildlife (PDF)

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