Teeth & Diets

From tigers to elephants, the Teeth & Diets session brings pupils up close with a range of skulls. Pupils will be encouraged to compare and contrast the differences between the teeth of different vertebrate animals groups as well as forensically using teeth differences to identify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in investigatory group work. Pupils will report on their deductions and the tools that they have used to come to a conclusive answer on the identity of the skull and whether it is a predator or prey.

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

Please be aware that though we aim to use a live animal in this session, we do not guarantee that they will be present – animals can fall ill or be unwilling to be handled and their welfare is ZSL’s first priority. 

Age: KS2 (7-11 years) Duration:  45 minutes Capacity: 35 students Indoor Session

Education Session materials at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Use appropriate language to name and describe the functions of different types of teeth
  • Investigate objects from the natural world using a range of scientific tools and will go through a knowledge based decision making process
  • Identify predator and prey animals
  • Verbalise how and why they came up with their conclusions
  • Use knowledge acquired in the session to make predictions about artefacts

National Curriculum links:

KS2 Science Working Scientifically
  • Gather and record data to help answering questions;
  • Make systematic and careful observations and where appropriate take accurate measurements using standard units and a range of equipment;
  • Record findings using simple scientific language;
  • Grouping, sorting and classifying and use of simple keys
Animals, including humans
  • Describe the basic needs of animals for survival;
  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition and they they get nutrition from what they eat;
  • Identify different types of teeth and their functions;
  • Compare the teeth of carnivores and herbivores and suggest reasons for their differences
KS2 English Spoken Language, Reading
  • Word reading; comprehension;
Writing
  • Transcription; vocabulary

 

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CREST Award Scheme

CREST Awards

CREST Star is a scheme enabling primary school children aged from 5 – 11 to solve STEM problems through practical activity.

Participating in Teeth & Diets, a CREST Star linked activity, can help your students achieve a British Science Association CREST award.