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

This could be used as an introduction to the skeleton or as a refresher of facts already taught. Stop the clip at vertebrae and ask the children if they know the names and locations of any other bones in the body. Using the animals in the clip, children could be put them into groups and then research the skeleton of a given animal, creating a presentation on their animal and teaching the rest of the class, followed by a question and answer session. Owl pellets could be taken apart so that children can investigate what the owl has eaten by the skeletal remains they find.