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On Safari!

What are we learning about?

During this exciting topic the children will be learning about being ‘On Safari’. They will look at the different animals that are found in different environments abroad and compare them to the animals we have in the UK.  As well we this, the children will learn that animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce. They will compare where they live in Southampton to life in Kenya; including the climate, schooling and food.  Excitingly, they will get the chance to visit Marwell Zoo to learn interesting facts about different animals and take part in a fun workshop. What a great way to end the school year!


This term, our English topic entails looking at different stories by the same author.  Children will begin looking at the stories by Mary Hoffman, such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Grace and Family’.  They will also look at another narrative unit on extended stories and read other texts by the same author, Lila the Secret of Rain being one of these.


Later in the term, we will write animal descriptions and produce animal fact files, creating a class book as an end result! From visiting Marwell Zoo, the children will have the chance to write a recount based on their trip and all the wonderful things that they found out!

Picture Book- Amazing Grace

When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace is longing to play Peter! But her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black. Luckily, Grace's Ma and Nana are on hand to remind her that she can be anything she wants to be, if she just puts her mind to it...


In Maths, we will begin the term by solving a range of problems through mastery challenges, which will allow the children to use skills learnt across the whole of the Math’s curriculum.  These skills will include: Number, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.  The children will apply their skills in a range of contexts, especially in Art and DT.


As well as this, we will review position and direction when looking at maps of Kenya within our Geography sessions.

Learning Opportunities

Children will be finding out all about living things and their habitats in Science, with a focus on African animals.  Also, they will be visiting Marwell Zoo to meet some and learn more about how they move, feed and grow.  In DT, they will be making their own African animal puppets by learning how to sew materials using basic stitches.  Their learning in Music lets them explore instruments, symbols and drums to create some African Music.  As well as this, they will sing and perform a range of songs about animals from Marwell Zoo.

How can you help?

You might like to read other stories by the author Mary Hoffman or other stories set in Africa.  Have a go at stitching and making puppets at home from different materials.  Research Kenya on the internet or at the local library to find out how it is different from where we live.  Have a look in your garden, local park or zoo at animal habitats.  This could involve a mini-beast hunt, looking for birds’ nests or other animal homes. Please continue with helping your child with their times tables and number bonds to 100!


As well as this, please continue to encourage your child to read their book daily and bring their logs and book back to school, signed by Friday at the latest so we can track their progress and help the children collate as many stickers as they can on their bookmarks.  Also, please continue to encourage your child to complete the homework tasks sent home every week and their spellings.  As always, thank you for your SPECTACULAR support, we truly appreciate everything that you are doing! J