Kerr Mackie Primary School


In Autumn term, Year 1's science topic will be Animals, including humans. During the second half-term, Year 1 explored the vertebrate animal groups and what food different animals eat.


Our key learning questions:


  • What are the main 5 vertebrate groups? 
  • What do carnivores/herbivores and omnivores eat?
  • What are the features of the 5 vertebrate groups?
  • What makes the groups similar? What makes them different? 

Working Scientifically

  • Identifying, classifying and grouping


To launch this half-term's science learning, we used a Now Press Play experience. There was a plane crash! The plane was transporting a wide range of animals to their new homes. We had to help the owners to re-sort and group the animals based on their features. This experience introduced us to our new vocabulary of mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles and birds as well as the key features of each group. 


In the same session, we had to identify the mystery animals that were hiding inside the box. Miss Sowden and Miss Brown only let us have a quick look inside and we had to use the clues to guess the animal and reason our responses. 


As many of our parents and carers know, we love songs in Year 1! We use songs in Year 1 to support our learning. This term we used the Vertebrate Song to help us revisit and review the different features of each vertebrate group. 


Throughout our science learning, we pretended that we were zoo keepers and that Year 1 were opening a new zoo at our school.

Therefore, for our challenge, our lead zoo keepers (Miss Sowden and Miss Brown) allowed us to choose one animal to home in our zoo.

The children had to name their chosen animal, identify its vertebrate group as well as its features and, identify whether it is a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.