Science investigations: Animals

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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Use some quirky animal-themed conundrums to boost children’s investigative skills

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This science series poses themed questions that can be turned into scientific investigations. It aims to encourage children to think creatively about how things work. Each month, we’ll feature six questions – each with three plausible answers (correct answers are shown here in bold). The children must decide which answer is correct by first predicting, researching and then answering each one based on their findings. A linked interactive resource – with animation and audio to bring the investigation to life – will be available each month posing the same six themed questions that will allow children to respond electronically.

The following six questions relate to animal adaptation and the importance of protecting the environment, with the accompanying activities aimed at boosting your class’ investigative skills.

Online extras!

Don’t forget to use the Interactive resource, ‘Why?’: Science – animals’.

This fun, illustrated resource poses animal-themed questions and challenges children to work out the correct answers. The Poster and Activity sheets, ‘Why?’: Science – animals’ are also available.

Plus, don’t forget to check out the other activities and resources in this series on the themes light and dark and sound.


  1. Why do camels have big feet?
  2. Why are bees important?
  3. Why do woodlice scuttle into dark places?
  4. Why do birds visit our gardens?
  5. Why do scientists sort animals into groups?
  6. Why do food chains usually start with a green plant?
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