Skeleton: bendy backbone

A practical activity for year 3 and P4, linking to the topics animals including humans and biological systems. In this hands-on lesson about bones and the skeleton, pupils will discover how the backbone is able to bend even though it’s made of rigid elements. Next, bring the bones to life by creating a model backbone from vertebrae and cartilage.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan including a scientific explanation of how a backbone works
  • A PowerPoint presentation including instructions for how to make a model backbone
  • Printable instructions
  • Three guided reading spreads: Interview with an orthopaedic vet, sensational female scientist Marie Curie and how an X-ray machine works

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Paperclips
  • Drinking straws
  • Sticky tack or plastercine
Year 3
Animals including humans
Skeleton: bendy backbone

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