Claws, Paws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers… What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks?  Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, lets find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep.  Do you know how to look after a Guinea Pig? A cat? Or even a snake? 

Find out how the elephant for his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin… Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail?  Can you make a food chain to show who eats who?  Who is the herbivore and who is the carnivore?

When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them…  Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs.

After all that work, curl up and take a nap.. a cat nap!
This term our exciting new topic is ‘Claws, Paws and Whiskers’.  We will learn about a range of animals, including, polar, jungle, pets, farm, zoo and birds / insects. Our learning will lead us to discover everything about these animals, their habitats, how and if they are camouflaged and what they need to survive.

Maths

In Maths this term children will focus their number skills. We are introducing a new way of learning through ‘Effective Maths’.  Effective Maths allows children to gain a deeper understanding of the number system and place value.  We will have a focus on addition and subtraction this term.

Literacy

Science

This topic is science based in which the children will be looking at classifying and sorting different animals, finding out about the different life cycles and understanding differences and similarities of animals and their habitats.

Art

We will be creating animal skin patterns, looking at how they camouflaged in their natural surroundings.  We will be using our creative skills to design posters on how to look after pets.  We will also be creating animal masks, collages and large scale paintings with animals as our focus.

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology we will be creating bird feeders, a bug house,  animal sculptures and an enclosure for an animal.

Geography
We will be looking at animals from around the world, using maps and globes to locate their original habitats. This will include; arctic, Antarctic, jungle and rainforest animals. The last week of this topic we will focus on Chinese New Year.

P.E

This term our focus is multi-skills.