Teaching resources for 7-11 year olds

Arkive’s FREE teaching resources can be used to teach 7-11 year olds across the curriculum from maths and ICT to English and art, and feature the world’s best wildlife photos and videos. Key science topics for 7-11 year olds are covered including food chains, adaptation, animal classification and plants.


Nature's Lights

Students will learn how light is essential in order to see things, and how and why animals that live in the dark produce light via bioluminescence so that they can find food and communicate with others.


Guess the Pollinator

Students will learn that certain animals have preferences for a flower type, colour, shape or smell. Using the Lookbook and Colouring Sheets, students will colour in a chosen flower, then use the facts written underneath to match their flower up with its pollinator, referring to the Fact Sheet.


Design a Flower

Students will learn about what pollination is and how it happens. Using what they learned, students will then receive a card with a specific pollinator on it and will be asked to design a flower for them, using the notes on their favourite flowers that are listed on the cards.

Brazil and the Amazon - Wildlife Film Script

Students will be introduced to the topics of Brazil and the Amazon before using fact sheets to research and write a script for their own wildlife film about an endangered species from the Amazon.

Design an Invasive Species

Students will learn about invasive non-native species and the negative impacts they can have, looking at examples from the UK. Using what they have learned, the students will then design their own invasive species.

Handling Data: African Animal Maths

Students will explore measurement data for a range of species found in the African savannah. Students will identify the data necessary to fill in a table, and will then use the data in this table to construct and interpret bar charts for a range of different measurements (height, length, weight).

Web of Wildlife

Do you know what links a lion, an orca and a barn owl? Test your knowledge with Arkive’s Web of Wildlife and discover what eats what in the natural world. Explore food chains and feeding relationships in a variety of habitats, from British woodlands to the African savannah.

Turtle Life Cycle

Explore the life cycles of a variety of species groups, from plants and mammals to amphibians and reptiles, and investigate their similarities and differences. After learning more about the incredible life cycle of the green turtle, students play a turtle life cycle board game to see if they can survive from an egg to an adult turtle.

Endangered Animal Easter Eggs

Get crafty this Easter with our hands-on Endangered Animal Easter Egg activity. Using Arkive’s vast treasury of images and videos, students research their favourite endangered species and identify key features and characteristics, then decorate an egg using the images as inspiration.

Species Discovery

Explore some of the world’s newly discovered species and introduce students to the concepts of classification, using keys, variation and biodiversity. Challenge students’ understanding of classification with two newly discovered species classification key activities.

Animals over Winter

Students explore the different survival strategies animals in temperate regions employ in order to survive through the winter and compare these strategies to adaptations exhibited by animals in the Polar Regions.

Temperate rainforest in the
Pacific Northwest

Students investigate ecosystems and understand that they include living and non-living things. They develop basic food chains identifying producers and consumers. They understand that ecosystems can change through both natural causes and human activities.

Species Symmetry

Develop students' understanding of reflective symmetry while they practice their drawing skills to complete the reflections of some amazing animals. Students must reflect the animal shapes along a mirror line, using the grid lines provided. Tie in spooky symmetry and seasonal symmetry to key calendar events, or use year-round for some symmetrical fun!

Arkive School Museum

Following an exploration of endangered species and conservation issues, students develop their understanding of key biological concepts by designing and creating an interactive exhibit for an Arkive School Museum.

What is an Endangered Species?

This activity challenges students to think about what it means to be an endangered species and what causes a species to become endangered.

Sizing Up Species

Combining skills in mathematics and art, students will learn about species heights and lengths while practicing estimation, measurement and comparison skills.

Seasons in the Woods

In this activity students explore the concepts of migration, hibernation and adaptation to the cold as mechanisms to survive the winter.

Butterflies and Blooms

This activity challenges students to think about the relationship between summer flowering plants and the butterflies that depend on them.

Endangered Species

Introduce students to the concept of endangered species through a fun game of Endangered Species Bingo.

Marvellous Mini-beasts –
Design a Species

By creating and designing a new species of mini-beast, students learn how different species of invertebrate are adapted to survive in particular habitats.

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Dinner at the Reef

Through this fun and interactive game explore food chains in a marine environment, predator-prey relationships and the fine balance of an ecosystem.


Students will learn about the different parts of the plant and what each part does, as well as about seeds and their different dispersal methods. They will learn what a plant needs in order to grow, and how to test the effects of food, light and warmth on plant growth.

Adaptation – Design a Species

By creating and designing a new species, students learn how animals are adapted to survive in particular habitats.

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