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Autumn Term (1) 2019 – Paws, Claws and Whiskers





Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!
This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!

Help your child prepare for their project

Animals are amazing! Why not take photos of a favourite pet together and describe their habits, likes and dislikes? You could also put bird food in the garden and visit a local park or nature reserve for a spot of bird watching. Make a note of their markings and features then use a simple spotting book or app to identify different species. Alternatively, visiting the local pet shop or petting zoo would allow you to observe a wide range of different animals.


Reading – every night.

Maths and spellings homework will start later in the term.


More Home learning ideas

What will you choose to do?

• Make a scrapbook all about your pet, or a pet belonging to someone you know. What is the pet’s name? What type and breed of animal is it? Add photographs and information about interesting things they do or things they need to stay healthy.

• Find out about the different pets belonging to your family and friends. Record the results as a block graph or pictograph and highlight which type of pet is the most popular.

• Find out about unusual pets using non-fiction books and the web. Download a photograph of the most interesting pet and write its name. What does it eat? How should it be cared for?

• Visit your local library to find stories, poems and non-fiction books about animals. Choose your favourite and draw a picture to show what it’s about. Can you write some sentences about why you like this book?

• Follow instructions to make a bird feeder for your garden. Then watch out every day for bird visitors!

• Choose an endangered animal to draw or paint. Find out where it lives and why it is endangered. Bring your painting to school and tell your friends about your animal.

• Make an animal mask or hat using junk materials and wear it at a school parade!

• Write out your favourite animal nursery rhyme or poem in your best handwriting. Illustrate it, then practise reading it aloud with lots of expression. Perform it for your family and friends at home before your big performance at school!

• Explain to your family what it means if an animal is carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Find pictures of animals that belong to each group. Make a simple PowerPoint presentation with a separate slide for each group of animals.

• Watch documentary footage of animals in the wild. Try making a mini ‘wildlife’ documentary about your pet. Don’t forget to add a hushed voiceover!

• Draw or paint the camouflage markings of a range of animals, such as leopards, giraffes or tigers. Why does each animal have those particular markings?

• Collect some ‘Amazing animal facts’ about fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals! Which animals are the fastest, heaviest and strongest? Write down the most exciting facts and bring them to school to amaze your teacher and friends.

• Locate on a world map or globe where all your favourite animals come from. What type of weather would you experience at each location?

• Find out the names of animals in a foreign language of your choice. Make a mini book, showing the animals and their names in your chosen language. Can you pronounce their names correctly?

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Useful Videos


(Taken from Espresso – Key Stage 1 – Science – Animals).  Espresso is now available at home please ask if you need the student login password.

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