Animal Classification

Why do scientists classify animals? What similarities do all mammals have?

In this session pupils will explore and handle a variety of taxidermy animals from around the world to understand how and why scientists sort animals into groups.

Pupils will practice using a classification key to sort invertebrates and identify the features of mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Pupils will also be challenged to classify some mystery animals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what classification is and why we have it
  • Identify the features of each of the 5 main animal groups.
  • Using a key identify vertebrates and invertebrates.

“The session was extremely well planned and exactly to the right age, content was perfect. The children were all completely engaged and thoroughly enjoyed it.” Year 3 teacher

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
schools@horniman.ac.uk
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

-1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.

Costs

Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:

Mainstream classes: £72.50 excluding VAT (£87 inc. VAT)

SEND groups: £36.25 excluding VAT (£43.50 including VAT) for up to 15 pupils

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See the School Trips page for other essential information including our risk assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 7 days a week. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing schools@horniman.ac.uk.

We offer reduced educational rates for our Aquarium, Butterfly House, and Temporary exhibition. See the School Trips page for further information.

Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.