Year 6 have been learning all about the animal kingdom this term in science. This strand of biology has focused on the importance of classification and variation. Year 6, wearing their scientist hats, have discovered that classification is all about sorting; and variation is concerned with differences between species.
With this in mind, Year 6 quickly realised that the animal kingdom is divided into two main groups: vertebrates and invertebrates. Vertebrates are animals who possess a backbone and invertebrates do not. Moreover, it was quickly ascertained that further classification would be needed in order to group organisms together more readily based upon similarities and differences. More research revealed that scientists also classify vertebrates and invertebrates into subgroups depending on certain characteristics.
Please look at the photographs below and judge for yourselves how well we have coped with getting to grips with lots of new scientific vocabulary and the classification of our animal kingdom.