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  • National Curriculum Skills

    Science – Communicate clearly using relevant science vocabulary.

    ESDGC – The natural environment.

    Learning Intention

    • To sort creatures according to concepts: appearance, reproduction, diet and habitat.

    Classifying Animals

    Activity Outline

    Children to read and match statements to creatures.

    Children to negotiate/exchange information between groups.

    Classify creature appropriately.

    To develop own keys for each coloured statement.


    Illustrated creature card

    Sets of colour coded statements for each creature –

    Red: breeding habits

    Blue: appearance

    Green: place in the food chain

    Back: habitat/location

    Classification sheet -insect, mollusc, myriapod, reptile, bird and mammal

    Blank key for each statement



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  • Lesson Outline

    • Split the class into groups of four.

    • Display illustrations of each creature and give one to each group.

    • Explain there are four colour coded statements to accompany each picture.

    • Share out all the statements (jumbled up) between the children. Each group to have four statements only.

    • Each pupil is given one of these statements.

    • The group must try to match the clues to their creature.

    • They will need to exchange/negotiate with other groups to find all four clues for their creature (marketplace activity).

    • Once all four clues have been collected, children use the classification sheet to classify their creature.

    • Once completed, children reread the statement cards and decide on their own headings for each coloured statement (organising information sheet).

    Classifying Animals

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    es I lay 4 to 7 light blue

    eggs in a nest of twigs and moss.

    I have a stout black bill and a black cap. Males

    have a bright pink chest.

    Some gardeners dislike my love of buds, berries

    and seeds!

    I am quiet and secretive and like to spend time among

    hedgerows and undergrowth in woodlands.

    My eggs are sticky and are rolled into the soil as

    they are laid.

    I have one pair of legs on each segment of my body

    (between 15 and 101 pairs in UK species).

    I use my speed to catch woodlice, spiders, beetles and many other


    I need a habitat which is moist so there is no

    danger of me drying up!

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  • I lay around 30 eggs in a hole in the ground or under logs or leaf litter.

    I am covered in a layer of thick mucus which helps

    to keep me moist.

    I eat dead leaves, fungus and decaying plant matter. Some

    species eat live plants.

    I live in moist areas and I like to hide under tree bark, fallen logs

    and rocks.

    I give birth to live young.

    Although you might think I am a snake, I am actually a legless


    After rainfall or after dusk I come out to hunt on slow- moving prey such as slugs, snails, spiders, insects and


    I prefer a humid habitat, and you might find me on the edges

    of woodland.

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    es I lay my eggs

    underground. Each egg is laid with its own 'packed-

    lunch' of dung!

    I have large spiky front legs, specially adapted

    for digging.

    I eat my own weight in dung everyday!

    I build a deep burrow under big piles of dung.

    I have around 4 young per litter.

    I have soft orange- brown fur and a long


    I eat fruit, berries, flowers, nuts and


    I live in woodlands and hedgerows, particularly those containing Hazel.

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  • Classification sheet (1 Copy for each group)

    M y ria p o d

    They have a single pair of antennae. They range from

    having over 750 legs to few

    er than 10 legs. They have segm

    ented bodies.

    B ird s.

    A ll birds are w

    arm blooded.

    Birds have feathers. A

    ll birds lay eggs.

    M o llu sc

    M olluscs have soft bodies and m

    any of them

    live in a shell. They have one foot for m

    oving. M

    ost m olluscs live in w


    R ep tile

    They have skin covered in scales. M

    ost reptiles lay eggs. They breathe air.

    Classification sheet M a m m a l

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    als have hair or fur. A

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    m als have w

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    A ll m

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    als give birth to live young. M

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    als produce m ilk.

    In sect

    Insects have an exoskeleton. They have three segm

    ents to their bodies. They have 6 legs and com

    pound eyes.

  • What does the information tell us?

    Organising Information - What information do we use to classify a species? (1 copy for each group)

    What does the information tell us?