We used two hula hoops to create a Venn diagram. A Venn diagram is a construct made of two or more circles that sometimes overlap. Venn diagrams frequently appear in different areas of mathematics but are most common when dealing with sets and probability.


  • Hula hoops
  • Land and water creatures


I asked the boys what they would like to learn about during our home schooling. They were both excited to learn about Ocean Life. We decided to start with some classification.

Ioan explained to Finn how they could use our Venn diagram to classify which animals were land dwelling and which were water dwelling. The overlapping circles were used for the animals which spent a lot of time on both land and water.

They worked happily along side each other, with Cian keep taking the farm animals for a walk, then returning them to the pink hoop.

When they had finished, I asked if they were both happy with the position of the animals:

We then filled a try with water for some small world play. Because our garden is on a slope, it naturally created some ‘land’.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Understanding the world

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Science Year 1 programme of study

Animals, including humans

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)