Living things and their habitats


Year 4 have looked at how living things are grouped into different categories.

We explored the different classification groups:


  • Mammals are warm-blooded. This means that their body temperatures stay the same when it is hot or cold outside.
  • Mammals have hair or fur.
  • They give birth to their young and feed them milk.

Can you think of a mammal using the criteria above?


  • Reptiles are cold blooded. This means that their body temperature depends on whether it is warm or cold outside.
  • They have dry and scaly skin.
  • Reptiles lay eggs.

Can you think of a reptile using the characteristics above?


  • Birds have feathers and wings.
  • They are warm blooded.
  • They lay eggs.

What birds can you think of?


  • Amphibians are cold blooded
  • They live on both dry land and water
  • They lay eggs
  • Amphibians have moist skin and webbed feet

Can you think of any examples?


  • Fish are cold blooded
  • They lay eggs
  • Fish have scales and gills

How many fish can you name?


An African elephant, for example, lives in a hot habitat and has very large ears that it flaps to keep cool.

How do you think a giraffe has adapted to suit its habitat?

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