An introduction to the skeletons of humans and other animals. Inside the human body are the bones of our skeleton, supporting our body and holding it up. The skeleton provides a protective cage for the delicate organs inside. The ribcage protects the heart and lungs. As we grow, our skeleton grows with us. The human skeleton is made up of more than 200 bones. The clip includes X-ray images of static and moving humans and cheetahs. It also includes images of the skeletons of a bird and a frog.

First broadcast:
8 October 2007

Useful as an introduction activity to the skeleton, the children could be asked to recall the facts that they heard in the clip including the number of bones in a hand or a foot. They could use art straws or twigs to make artistic skeletons of humans and other animals using the same amount of sticks or straws as bones. Children could make simple booklets with the information from the clip.