Science KS1 / KS2: Identifying animals as birds, reptiles or mammals

Science monkey superhero Dr Brain and a team of young scientists look into the different features of animals.

All animals can be put into groups based on the way they look and act.

Dr Brain and his team look closely at three animal groups; birds, mammals and reptiles, and discuss the things that all the animals in each group have in common.

They discuss several things about each animal group, such as where they live, what they eat and how they reproduce.

This short film is from the BBC series, Ultimate Brain: Mad Lab.

Teacher Notes

Pupils can watch this short film and then sort the animals shown into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Pupils could use this as an introduction to the animal groups - birds, mammals and reptiles - which could be extended by asking pupils to sort other animals into these groups based on what they have learnt.

They could then research other animal groups such as amphibians, and identify each group's characteristics and features.

Curriculum Notes

These short films are suitable for teaching science at Key Stage 1 and 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and First and Second Level in Scotland.

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