Are all your pets really alive?

Are any of your pets really alive?

Todays learning: (WALT)

  • That animals, including humans, are living.

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

  • To make observations of animals and use these to group them explaining criteria chosen.

Design Technology
  • Understand where food comes from

  • Key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

Citizenship & PSHE
  • 2e to realise that people and other living things have needs, and that they have responsibilities to meet them.

Lesson Activities / Tasks

  • Introduction to unit with Entry point video: "Are your pets really alive?" 2m10s
    Shows pets (cats dogs horses hamster) ask how are they different from 'pets' like Nintendogs ?
  • Probably not a full 'lesson' on its won
  • Video Dialog
    • Do you have any pets at home?
    • Do they do this? - poo!
    • How often do you clean them out?
    • Who cleans these animals out?
    • What else do animals need?
  • Do title page for books / topic folder?
    • What words do you know associated with animals
  • Complete first section of pupil workbook.
  • Do quiz for first section answers
KNOWLEDGE HARVEST (Assessment for learning AfL)

Class discuss what they know about animals - teacher explains what they are going to be doing about animals. 


  • Entry Point Video: Are all your pets really alive?
  • Pupil Work book: Are all your pets really alive?

Outcomes: (WILF)

  • Explain reasons for groupings e.g. woodlice and snails move and, if necessary with prompting, group into alive and not-alive.
  • Begin to Identify some of the things living things have in common such as: poo, feed, move.

Teaching notes:

This is really just an introduction to the 'Are all your pets really alive? theme and asks some questions to get pupils thinking about what makes something alive and animals have in common. These points will all be covered in more detail in following lessons.

Last modified: Monday, 18 November 2013, 10:48 AM