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Living things

In class we have been learning about living things. We know some of the 7 signs of life that will help you decide what is a living thing or not.

We now know that living things can be split into plants and animals.

Animals can be split into vertebrates and invertebrates. That means that some have a skeleton inside their bodies and others have no skeleton or a skeleton around their bodies.

We tried to split the animals into lots of different groups and we sorted them by their diet (carnivores or meat eaters, omnivores and plant eaters). We also sorted them by their appearance (feathers or fur) and where they live (land, sea, air). We also used a Venn diagram because sometimes animals belong in two groups.

We were given an animal card each and we had to find our families. We found out that we had lots in common with other animals.  Some animals have beaks and feathers, they are birds. Some animals give birth to living babies and often they have fur, they are mammals. The fish confused us but we now know they have gills for breathing and scales. We also know about reptiles, molluscs, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and arachnids.  Here are some pictures of us sorting the animals.

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We edited some classification posters on the laptops. We added colour, borders and pictures. We will show you these later.

We also talked about binary trees. They are closed questions (yes and no) that help you find out what your animal is. We are going to find out more about this later.

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