Animal Parts

Year 1

Unit Overview

In the Animal Parts project, your child will learn that animals, including humans, can be sorted into six groups: amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles. They will learn that different animal groups have similar and different body parts and the purposes of these body parts. They will sort animals into the six animal groups based on characteristics. They will complete Carroll diagrams, sorting picture cards of animals according to given and chosen criteria. They will learn about pets and how they are cared for and identify the animal group for each. They will complete a class block graph by recording which pet they prefer, then interpret the classes' results to learn which pets are the most and least popular. They will discuss what different animals eat, using the terms 'carnivore', 'herbivore' and 'omnivore', and observe the characteristic features of different animals that belong to these groups by examining their teeth and eye positions. They will complete Venn diagrams, identifying animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Children will observe an invertebrate for a short period and then ask scientific questions about the animal and research to find the answers. They will complete their learning by observing earthworms to learn about their body parts, diets, and senses and compare earthworms to other animals learned about during the project.


We will look at some real pets and talk about how we look after them.


We will write up different sections of our investigations.


Investigating earthworms

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Identifying animal parts - To sort and group animals into six groups

  2. Grouping animals - To label and describe the basic structures of a variety of common animals

  3. Sorting and seeking pattern - To record simple data in a variety of ways.

  4. Our pets - To know that living things need water, food, warmth and shelter to survive.

  5. Carnivore, Herbivore, Omnivore -To identify and classify animals by the foods that they eat.

  6. Class Pet - To ask simple questions and know that they can be answered in different ways.

  7. Observation and simple tests - To perform simple tests.

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations

  1. What can worms sense?

    • To group and sort a varierty of common animals based on the food they eat.

    • What senses do worms have?

    • Perform simple tests.

    • Gather and record data in a range of ways (data tables, diagrams, Venn diagrams)


Make an information leaflet about how to look after different animals


Non Fiction

Looking after Cats and Kittens

My New Pet - Puppy


Pet Pals -dogs

Wow animals


Alans Big Scary Teeth

Poo in the Zoo

Odd Dog Out

Bob to the rescue

The Sloth who came to stay


Animal Poems