Pupils should be taught to:
• describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics, and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals;
• give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
A PowerPoint presentation used to introduce pupils to micro-organisms, the range of different organisms and how they behave and can be classified. Pupils also learn how micro-organism can be both harmful and helpful. The PowerPoint can be used at the beginning of the topic or during it to stimulate scientific discussions, ideas and theories.View Resource
Pupils learn that plants can be grouped in a variety of ways and that one of these ways depends on how the plant disperses its seeds. Pupils then group plants according to the way they disperse their seeds (a cut and paste activity).
Pupils classify a range of common animals using a key. They then try to classify a range of animals that do not necessarily follow common classification criteria. Pupils can use reference books and/or the internet to help them with their research.
Pupils cut and paste a range of animals into their correct animal group on the sheet provided. Pupils can use reference books and/or the internet to carry out your research to help with grouping.
Pupils look at a range of living creatures and decide how could they be separated into groups?
Pupils use a classification key to help them place a number of animals into their correct groups (a cut and paste activity).
Pupils learn that their are four basic plant groups and that these include, mosses/liverworts, ferns/horsetails, conifers, flowering plants. Pupils also learn how to identify and group these plants.
Pupils learn that plants can be grouped in a variety of ways and that one of these ways depends on how the plant disperses its seeds. Pupils then group a number of plants depending on how they disperse their seeds.
Pupils learn how to sort and group animals using a classification key.
Pupils learn that animals can be grouped according to their skeletons and that there are three types of skeleton. They learn that these skeletons are called endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons.
Pupils learn that a vertebrate is an animal that has a bony skeleton and a backbone and that an invertebrate is an animal that does not have a bony skeleton or a backbone. They learn how to group these animals into three groups and that these groups are called endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons.View Resource
Pupils group and match animals, including insects, into their recognised animal groups using the correct headings and animal group descriptions (a cut and paste activity).
Pupils place animals into their correct animal group according to their observable features (a cut and paste activity).