For the first 3 weeks of the summer term our topic is... Classifying Critters


Our topic will start with a visit from Animals Take Over,   where we will be able to handle and discuss vertebrates and invertebrates in detail.

By the end of this topic the children will:

Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals.

Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

To decide on the best way to present evidence.

To interpret observations and use them to develop explanations.

We will achieve this knowledge by teaching the children how to:


Build on Y4 knowledge of animals and plants to fungus, monera and single-celled protists.

Recognise and explain the differences between fungi, plants and microbes.

Record and display ideas and results in various ways and justify explanations.

Ask a range of questions to enable putting things into groups.

Make and use a branching key.

Name a range of living things both animal; vertebrate and invertebrate and plant; flowering and non-flowering

Observe carefully in order to identify living things.

Discover the work of Carl Linnaeus


Our Class read will be: