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Y6 Classifying Animals: Vertebrate or Invertebrate?

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - 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
  • NaG - through direct observations where possible, pupils should classify animals into commonly found invertebrates (such as insects, spiders, snails, worms) and vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals)
  • WS - pupils should use classification systems and keys to identify some animals and plants in the immediate environment; they could research unfamiliar animals and plants from a broad range of other habitats and decide where they belong in the classification system

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