Living things and their habitats - resources

House sparrows © Mike Pennington (CC BY-SA 2.0) via geograph

On this page you'll find a collection of films, articles and downloadable resources from across the Museum website to help support your teaching of the Living things and their habitats topic for primary science.

  • Life cycle and food chains


    Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises

    Watch as a flutter of blue morphos (Morpho peleides) emerge from their pupal state.

    Meet the migrating monarchs

    Follow the remarkable migration of an iconic butterfly species.

    The bizarre love life of the anglerfish

    The anglerfish lives in the dark depths of the ocean, which makes finding a mate challenging.

    What can survive a wildfire?

    We might think of fire as a destructive force, but for some plants it’s the path to perfect growing conditions.

    Are spiders good mothers?

    Many spiders protect their eggs with a silk pouch, but there's a species of jumping spider that takes things one step further.

    Parasite in motion: Schistosomiasis

    Our stop-motion video follows the life cycle of Schistosoma, a life-threatening parasite that can live in water, snails and even people.


  • Habitats


    How does a polar bear stay warm?

    There is more to polar bear fur than meets the eye. Mammals Curator Roberto Portela Miguez explains.

    Show a bit more love to the humble earthworm

    There are 27 different species of earthworm in the British Isle, and they have important work to do.

    Fungi: undervalued jewels of the urban jungle

    Just metres from some of Britain's busiest roads, micro-forests of fungi sprout from the undergrowth.

    Spring walk in the UK

    Join Fred Rumsey, botanist at the Natural History Museum, as he goes in search of wildlife on a spring walk at Warley Place Nature Reserve.

    Summer walk in the UK

    Join botanist Fred Rumsey as he goes on a coastal walk in search of plants living in extreme conditions at West Wittering Beach, West Sussex.

    How do rodents carry out 'whisk' assessments?

    Dr Robyn Grant explains how dormice use their whiskers to help them navigate at night.

Further resources

Learning resources

A selection of resources to support Museum visits and classroom teaching.

British wildlife

Find out about the plants and animals that make the UK home.