Human Survival

Year 2

Unit Overview

In the Human Survival project, we will revisit learning about humans, such as how humans are living things and a type of animal, called a mammal, that grows and changes. We will learn about the human life cycle and think about what humans need to survive, including food, water and shelter. We will learn about the four things we need to stay healthy: a balanced diet, plenty of water, exercise and enough sleep. As part of this learning, we will evaluate our diet and other people's diets. We will learn about the importance of exercise and take part in an exercise challenge over time to observe firsthand the benefits of exercise to their health. We will learn about hygiene practices, such as washing hands and brushing teeth. We will investigate why we should use soap to wash our hands and bodies, learning that washing hands with soap and clean running water helps humans avoid getting ill and spreading germs to others. We will complete their learning by investigating how easily germs can spread from person to person.


We will learn to measure our beats per minute using a heart monitor machine.


We will have lots of opportunities to write predictions, methods, conclusions etc when we undertake our investigations.


We will go outside to exercise and undertake our investigations.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Why should I exercise? Investigation

  2. How do germs spread? Investigation

  3. To understand that human offspring go through different stages as they grow to become adults

  4. To understand that humans need water, food, air and shelter to survive.

  5. To explore that a healthy lifestyle includes exercise, good personal hygiene, good quality sleep and a balanced diet.

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations

  1. Why should I exercise?

    • Children learn about the heart and heart rate then complete physical activities that allow them to see the effect exercise has on our body.

  2. How do germs spread?

    • Children observe how easily germs can spread through direct and indirect contact.


We will create quiz questions and compete in teams to see who can recall the most information about our Humans topic


We will be using a range of non-fiction texts within lessons and they will be available in the class library.