KS3 Workshops


Classification is the filing system of life. In this interactive workshop, we’ll use this to make sense of how the Animal Kingdom is laid out.

Students will think about clues which allow them to classify a skull at Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and finally Species level, investigating a range of other artefacts along the way, with a particular focus on the five vertebrate groups.

Students will understand the purpose of the binomial system and explore examples of why classification is useful in later life beyond school, with case-studies based on its importance to Chester Zoo.

Age group:  Key Stage 3
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 25 pupils
Meeting point: Learning Centre

Curriculum links:


Genetics and evolution

Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes

  • differences between species
  • the variation between species and between individuals of the same species meaning some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection

Please note: Chester Zoo discovery workshops can be adapted to your learners needs and abilities, please speak to one of the team to find out more.

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