Living Things and  their Habitats

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 It is not always an easy thing to tell the difference between living, dead, and non-living things. Prior to the 1600's many people believed that non-living things could spontaneously turn into living things. For example, it was believed that piles of straw could turn into mice. That is obviously not the case. There are some very general rules to follow when trying to decide if something is living, dead, or non-living. Listed here are the six rules used by scientists:

• Living things are made of cells.

 • Living things obtain and use energy.

 • Living things grow and develop.

• Living things reproduce.

• Living things respond to their environment.

 • Living things adapt to their environment.

Pupils in Year 4 this half term will be assessed against their ability to:


  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Useful Vocabulary

climate       weather       temperature       classify       humidify       shelter       conditions       adapt       adaptation       species     invertebrate       vertebrate       bird       reptile       mammal       amphibian       fish


Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834