KS 2, 3; Second, Third, Fourth Stage.
Ages 7 - 14

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW:  There are millions of living things in the world!  Scientists put living things into groups to make it easier to study and learn more about them.


During ZooLab’s ‘Classification’ workshop, we will explore different animals and learn how they are classed. This hands-on, animal-handling workshop experience brings pupils face to face with classification.


It is all part of an experiential and interactive learning experience in which introduces ZooLab animals that include vertebrates and invertebrates. Pupils explore different classes of animal so they can uncover their differences and similarities themselves.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Explain the concept of classification

  • Discuss the differences between living and non-living

  • Discuss how animals are grouped into invertebrates and vertebrates

  • Explore different clades of animals


Free Printable Resources

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Animals often used in this workshop:

Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.


What is Classification?

Classifying animals basically means dividing them into two main groups - vertebrates and invertebrates.

Vertebrates have a backbone, while invertebrates are those which don't. In all, there are more than 800,000 animal species in the Kingdom Animalia and most of them are included in the phylum of Arthropod i.e. invertebrates. Usually, people don't think of earthworms or jellyfish as animals, but actually they are, thereby making the animal kingdom classification extremely huge. Each living organism is classified into one of five Kingdoms.


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