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KS 2, 3; Second, Third, Fourth Stage. 

Ages 8 - 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.


Learning Outcomes

  • All children will be able to define ‘classification’.

  • All children will be able to name some of the different classifications of animals.

  • Most children will be able to describe the characteristics of an animal that help to classify it.

  • Some children will be able to identify which animals fit into which groups and why.

You'll get to meet some of these animals:

Coming Autumn 2025:

Free pre-lesson resources and teaching packs!

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

“Phillip, our esteemed ZooLab expert, left an indelible mark on both the children and staff with his remarkable presentation."

The William Hogarth School


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.

Curriculum Outcomes England & Wales

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Curriculum Outcomes Scotland

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