Summer 1-Paws, Claws 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, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got 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 a herbivore and who is a 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 cat nap.
What do i know? What do i want to find out?
Learning Intention: To recognise that digital technology can be used to retrieve images and information.
The children were able to discuss the ways that technology can be used to retrieve information or images.
" You can use the internet to find out about something" (Ralph)
" You can go on the internet and search for pictures of animals. Then you can print pictures off" (Fletcher)
"We can use the internet to find facts about different animals" (Louie)
They were shown how to search for images of zoo animals and how to copy and paste these into a word document. At first, the children required support to do so, but increased in confidence by the end of the lesson.
Learning Intention: To investigate camouflage and begin to make predictions. (with support)
The children investigated camouflage by taking part in a ‘butterfly hunt’. The children were split into two groups: the first group quickly collected one ‘butterfly’ each from the school field or yard, and fetched them back to the teacher, and the second group then did` the same. The children looked at the two groups of butterflies and decided how they are similar or different. They were able to explain which group had the most brightly-coloured butterflies and which group had more camouflage butterflies. They noticed that the first group had more brightly coloured butterflies because they were easier to find. The children then had a go at creating their own camouflage butterfly to consolidate their knowledge of camouflage.
Learning Intention: To describe the basic structures of a variety of common animals whilst sorting them into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The children were introduced to the six main animal groups (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, insects) and were encouraged to compare the basic structures of them. They were able to define the six main groups and were able to sort them correctly.
“Amphibians live on land and in water.” (Joseph)
“Insects have six legs and some have wings” (Pearl)
“Mammals are warm blooded” “(Louie)
“Birds have wings, a beak and a back bone” (Nathan)
“Fish live underwater and have gills to breathe” (Cerys)
“Reptiles sometimes have claws and some don’t have legs” (Isaac)
“Reptiles have scales” (George)
Learning Intention: To name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans on a world map.
The children learned the world's seven continents and five oceans through several songs. They managed to pick them up pretty quickly and were able to retell facts about them. They were encouraged to work as a class to locate them on a map, before completing their own. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to name/locate the seven continents and five oceans.
Design and Technology
Learning Intention: To create a design to meet simple design criteria.
The children were given a simple animal silhouette and were encouraged to think about the features that they would add to the animal. They carefully designed an imaginary pet, discussing the features and colours with their peers before making their model. By the end of the lesson, the children had created a design to meet their own criteria and were able to evaluate the effectiveness of their work.
Learning Intention: To use a range of painting skills to create art paper.
In the previous lesson, the children were introduced to the artwork of Eric Carle. They were shown a series of techniques that he uses to create his art paper and were inspired to create their own. Throughout the lesson, the children referred back to the techniques and created their own beautiful prints as a result.
Learning Intention: To gather and record simple data. (With support)
The children were introduced to bar charts as a way of capturing data. We spoke about the similarities and differences of the children in our class. The children were able to identify the differences in hair and eye colour. We chose to identify the amount of children with brown, black, blonde and ginger hair and represented it on a bar chart. The children were able to interpret the data and speak about which colour there were the most of.
“There is one person with black hair” (Hugo)
“There are 9 people with brown hair” (Isabel F)
“There are 19 people with blonde hair. That is the most.” (Joseph)
“There are 10 more people with blonde hair than brown hair” (Alistair)
Learning Intention: To discuss the similarities and differences of familiar animals, sorting and grouping them based on their features.
During the class discussion, the children were able to discuss the similarities and differences between given animals. They were encouraged to talk about their features and identify the odd one out. We spoke about the different ways that animals can be grouped before the children went off and independently compared two animals. By the end of the lesson, the children could confidently compare two animals, identifying the similarities and differences between them.
The children worked as a class to sort a variety of common animals based on the foods they eat. They were able to use their prior knowledge of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores to group them. By the end of the lesson, the children had more secure knowledge of the key vocabulary and could independently talk about the reason they had sorted the animals in the way they had.
Cannon Hall Farm and a visit from Mattie
To kickstart the topic, the children visited Cannon Hall Farm. They were given the opportunity to observe a range of animals and were encouraged to look closely at their features. During the guided tour, the children were encouraged to find out more information by asking simple scientific questions. They were able to talk about what they had learned throughout the day and were eager to learn more about the animals they had seen. Once we returned to school, Mrs Nowell kindly brought in her dog Mattie. The children were able to ask questions to help them find out how to care for a dog and even got to throw the ball for him.
Learning Intention: To perform a song.
The children watched choir auditions for the popular tv show 'Britain's Got Talent'. Miss Clark explained that we would be pretending to audition for the show and encouraged the children to watch closely to identify features of a good audition.
"They are all smiling so it makes you feel happy" (Buddy)
"Everyone is stood really smart" (Marnie)
"They use their voices to go really high and low" (Joseph)
Once the children were familiar with how choirs work together, they practiced a new song relating to 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. They all worked hard to ensure that they were singing at the same time, stood smartly and used their facial expressions/actions to make the audition more interactive. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to perform the song beautifully.
Learning Intention: Copy, create and remember simple movement patterns, showing awareness of rhythm.
The children thought carefully about the ways that familiar animals move and explored them through movement and dance. The children were encouraged to join in a familiar animal action song and then worked together to create simple movement patterns. By the end of the lesson, the children could create, remember and perform simple animal movement patterns
Learning Intention: To use a range of techniques to create animal art.
Learning Intention: To say what they like about their own and others’ work using simple artistic vocabulary.
The children used a range of techniques to create animal art. They were given the opportunity to experiment with the different equipment on their draft piece before publishing their final piece. The children were encouraged to reflect on the effectiveness on the techniques they had used and amend them where needed e.g changing to pastels for a certain part of their image. By the end of the lesson, the children had created some amazing pieces of animal art using a range of techniques and could say what they liked about their own and others work.
" I like that it is colourful" (Bella V-H)
"I like the water colour paint in the background" (Bella N)
"I like the different patterns on the rhino, its like a zigzag" (Florence)
During drama, the children were encouraged to use their imagination and bodies to represent items of food on the table. They took part in several songs to prepare some yummy food for the table before pretending to be Sophie and the tiger. They used their knowledge of facial expressions and the movements that tigers make to act out the first scene of the story. By the end of the session, the children were able to confidently act out parts of the story and were eager to learn more about our topic.