In Science this half term, children will further develop the understanding of keys that they gained in the Year 3 rocks module, using them to identify animals from a range of habitats. They will also construct keys, learning to ask yes/no questions about characteristic differences between the animals. They will learn about pond and seashore animals and common land invertebrates through images and first-hand experience. In addition to identifying animals children will also classify them, learning to identify characteristics of the main vertebrate groups and some of the common invertebrate groups. When working scientifically children will make detailed observations and learn which features are useful for identification and classification. They will present information in labelled diagrams, lists, sorting diagrams and keys, and will learn to interpret information presented in a key.
Children will be learning lots of new words! The children will complete a vocabulary chart at the start of the module and again at the end of the module.