David Attenborough and Jane Goodall

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By Gillian Ravenscroft

Use two naturalists on the 2014 Science curriculum as a starting point to teach about animal behaviour.

The non-statutory notes and guidance accompanying the Year 5 Living things and their habitats module in the new National Curriculum recommend that children ‘should find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, for example, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.’

David Attenborough
David Attenborough

David Attenborough studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and through his subsequent long career in broadcasting has become widely recognised as the face and voice of numerous natural history documentaries. TV series such as ‘Life on Earth’ and ‘The Private Life of Plants’ have given viewers new insights into the natural world. Remarkable film footage and Attenborough’s accessible presentation style have enabled audiences to learn about a wide variety of plants and animals – and how they are threatened by environmental damage.

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