Our 'Big Question' for this half term has been: What is the most unique animal on Earth?
The children have been learning about all types of living things and their habitats. We began by understanding the seven processes of life that all living things must do. We learnt the acronym MRS GREN (Movement, Reproduction, Sensitivity, Growth, Respiration, Excretion, Nutrition) to help us with this.
Next, we looked at the classification of vertebrates. We learnt that vertebrates (animals with a backbone) are placed into five different classifications: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Mammals and Reptiles. The children researched the traits that each of these classifications. We also discovered that, even though dolphins and whales live in the ocean, they are actually mammals and not fish!
Using this knowledge, we then compared two different animals by explaining how we knew which classification each animal belonged to and the traits they had.