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Book 6: Soil Animals: Diversity beneath Our Feet

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world


Soil Animals focuses on the living community of soils and offers a pathway to explore concepts of interdependence, including food chains and webs. Soil contains a wide diversity of species and is both familiar and accessible to students. Studying the soil environment can provide an opportunity to challenge the idea common among students that some species, like insects and other invertebrates, have no major role to play in the community.

Such a study can also lead to an understanding of the soil's role in sustaining the growth of all plants and thus indirectly of all animals. It can also help to develop awareness of wider environmental themes, such as the recycling of organic waste and composting.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Soil Animals: Diversity beneath Our Feet.

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Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.