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Bird bone

A short discussion topic suitable for year 2 and all of KS2 linking with the topic animals including humans. This is a super close-up view of the inside of a bird bone (called a cancellus bone), taken by a powerful scanning electron microscope. The bone is strong and dense and its honeycomb-like structure makes it light.

This ten-minute activity, linking to speaking and listening, is ideal for use at the beginning of the day or during transition times, such as after lunch. Pupils will be challenged to guess what the image is by answering the questions shown on the first slide of the PowerPoint. This could be done on the whiteboard or through discussion with a partner. Once pupils have finished, click through to the next slide to reveal the answers. This discussion topic is also suitable for year 3, year 4, year 5, P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7.

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 2
Living things and habitats
Bird bone

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