A look at how different animals move - birds, mammals and insects. Some birds fly whereas others do not, so how do we know when a bird is a bird? We meet a lady who works at an ostrich farm. She shows us the features of the ostrich, explaining why it looks the way it does, and the purpose of each feature (eyes on the side of its head, large feathers, and bare patches of skin). It is explained why the ostrich is definitely a bird, despite the fact it cannot fly.

This clip is from:
KS1 Science Clips, Variation
First broadcast:
24 September 2007

In a P.E. lesson, children could explore the different ways that animals move. Introduce the session by playing the clip, then challenge the children to copy the movements of the animal of their choice. Children could go on to list all the creatures they can think of that can fly. They could demonstrate the flying style of each creature, the gliding of an eagle, perhaps, or the darting, busy flight of a bluebottle. Ask: "Which of these creatures is a bird?" and "How do you know its is a bird?" Collect the children's responses. Guide pupils towards the conclusion that birds all have certain physical features in common (beaks and feathers).