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KS2 - Year 3 - Animals, including humans

Food groupsFree! 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B001

Children learn about the 5 food groups - bread, cereals and potatoes (carbohydrates), meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy, and fats and sugars. They identify some food which belong to each of these groups. They create a pictogram showing how many portions of each food group they should eat in per day. They can cut and paste the pictogram symbols provided, or draw their own.

  • 3b1: identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
I can explain how many portions of food from different food groups we should eat in a day.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Food groups

Animals and their food 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B002

Children learn that animals can be classified as herbivores, carnivores or ominvores based on their diet. They cut out images of animals, paste them into the correct group, and identify a possible food source for each animal.

  • 3b1: identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
I can match animals to their food.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Animals and their food

Food chains 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B003

Children learn that all living things ultimately get their energy from the Sun, either directly as a producer (plant) or indirectly as a consumer (animal). They cut and paste three simple food chains using the images provided. There is a blank food chain template on the third page so that children can create their own.

  • 3b1: identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
I can create a food chain and explain what it shows.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Food chains

Food webs 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B004

Building on their understanding of simple food chains, children use the images and template provided to create a complex food web containing 7 organisms. They learn that the arrows on food chain and food web diagrams indicate the energy flow through an ecosystem.

  • 3b1: identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
I can create a food web and explain what it shows.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Food webs

The human skeleton 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B005

Children learn about the three main functions of the human endoskeleton - to protect, to support, and to allow movement. They learn the names and locations of major bones, including the skull, jaw, humerus, radius, ulna, spine, pelvis, femur, tibia and fibula. Children cut out and assemble a 12-part human skeleton, labelling the main bones.

  • 3b2: identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
I can explain the functions of the human skeleton and identify its main bones
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | The human skeleton

Muscles for moving 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B006

Children learn that muscles always pull and never push, and because of this they often work in pairs to allow movement in both directions. Using a template and some split pins, children create their own model of the human arm, with biceps and triceps pulling the lower arm up and down accordingly.

  • 3b2: identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
I can explain how muscles work.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Muscles for moving

Animals and their skeletons 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B007

Children match three different animals to their endoskeletons. They use a word bank to identify and label the major bones, such as skull ribs, tusk, pelvis and spine. They discuss the similarities and differences between the skeletons.

  • 3b2: identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
I can match animals to their skeletons.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Animals and their skeletons

Types of skeleton 

Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | OS3B008

Children learn about the different types of animal skeleton - endoskeletons (skeletons on the inside), exoskeletons (skeletons on the outside), and hydroskeletons (boneless skeletons made of muscle). They cut out 15 different pictures of animals and paste them into the correct skeletal group.

  • 3b2: identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
I can identify which type of skeleton an animal has.
Outstanding Science Year 3 - Animals, including humans | Types of skeleton