Science Medium Term Planning – Summer 1 ( year 4)
- 4A Moving and Growing
Review what children know about their skeleton by asking them what they think their bones look
like. Suggest children explore what they can feel of their own bones eg
Where are the ribs?
Are they hard or soft?
How many ribs can we feel?
Where else can we feel bones?
Provide children with large sheets of paper. Ask them to work in groups to produce life size
outlines of the human body, by drawing around one member of their group. Ask children to work
in groups to draw onto the outline, all the bones they think are in the human body, as near to life
size as possible.
Ask children to feel their ribs – How many do we have? Does everyone have the same number?Ask
children to feel for other bones in their body – explain that some will be easier to feel as they are
close to the surface of the skin.
Provide a miniature skeleton model and show children the bones they can feel. Do all animals have
bones? What differences do you know about the bones of different types of animals? (size, number,
backbone/no backbone etc.)
Provide a picture of a human skeleton and ask children to use art straws to cut and stick onto
black sugar paper to show the bones inside the human body. Ask children to refer to the picture to
check for relevant size.
(For study books)
that humans (and some
other animals) have bony
skeletons inside their bodies
and to raise questions about
different bony skeletons
to make and record relevant
observations of bones and
identify similar parts of the
skeleton in some other
list similarities eg they all
have spines (or backbones)
and skulls, and differences
eg the cat's bones are much
smaller than the human
collar bone (clavicle),
hip bone (pelvis),
thigh bone (femur),
shin bone (tibia),
forearm (made up of
radius and ulna),
Large sheets of
Pictures of skeleton
Black sugar paper.
Parts of the Human skeleton
Use a model of a human skeleton to identify and name common bones in the body,
may be interested to know the scientific names for the bones):
Skull (cranium), collar bone (clavicle), shoulder blade (scapula),
backbone (vertebrae), breastbone (sternum), hip bone (pelvis), thigh
to make observations and