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Uxendon Manor Primary School

Uxendon Manor Primary School

Spring 1

Wonderful World of Animals

Communication and Language

Children will learn :

  • Facts about different pets and new vocabulary such as: domestic, caged, feathered, endangered, cold-blooded, furred,  scaly, warm-blooded,webbed, mammal, reptile.
  •  Similarities and differences between farm animals. They will find out facts about animals from non-fiction books and will also write facts about animals.
  • To describe the features and naming facts about different types of wild animals and their habitats and learning new words such as: habitat, forest, jungle, predator, savanna, safari, dessert, reptiles, amphibians.
  • Names and features about dinosaurs and minibeasts and  words such as: armour plated ,extinct ,  horn, crests, spikes, frills, prickly, claws, pests, ants, centipedes, fleas, beetles, millipede.
  • To tell a story and re-tell stories like "The Little Red Hen", "Dear Zoo" and Non-Fiction books.
  • Say the key events in a story in order and make up their own version of the story.
  • Songs about animals


Personal Social and Emotional Development

Children will learn to:

  • Know that we are all good at different things.
  • Stay motivated when doing something challenging.
  • Keep trying and not give up when it is difficult.
  • Understand that if they keep trying they can reach my goal.
  • Understand the link between what they are learning now and the jobs they might like to do when they are older.

  • Play a game cooperatively and take turns.

Physical Development

Children will learn to:

  • Throw a ball into different targets, such as hoop and bucket.
  •  Move around outdoors imitating how different animals move.

  • Manipulate and move objects as an individual and as part of a large group.

  • Hold a pencil effectively when writing letters.

  • Use a skipping rope.

  • Control hoops in a variety of ways such as: rolling, spinning, rotating, throwing and catching. 


Key texts:

Non-fiction books about pets, farm animals, wild animals, dinosaurs, minibeasts,  The Little Red Hen, Dear Zoo.


Children will learn to:

  • Hear initial, middle and final sounds in words. 
  • Write facts about pets, farm animals, wild animals, dinosaurs and minibeasts.
  • Write their own version of the Dear Zoo story.

  • Tell and re-tell known and familiar stories
  • Listen to a wide range of stories and poems and rhymes.
  • Use the tricky words learnt so far in their writing and begin to use the digraphs they have learnt in their writing.
  • Write a story map about the key texts.
  • Learn about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book
  • Understand that pages in a fact book can be read in any order
  • Know the structure of an information book such as contents page, index, glossary.



Key texts:

Room on the Broom, I Spy Numbers, The Ugly Five, The Blue Balloon


Children will learn to :

  • Make the composition of numbers up to 10.
  • Measure capacity such as: how many fit inside?
  • Use mathematical language such as full, empty, half full, nearly empty, nearly full.
  • Compare mass - heavier and lighter than.
  • Comparing height- taller and shorter than.
  • Comparing length- longer and shorter than.

Understanding the World

Children will learn to:

  • Talk about the similarities and differences between different animals.
  • Learn the names of the different enclosures for farm animals.
  • Observe and talk about the changes when making bread.
  • Sort different dinosaurs according to their features.
  • Understand the key features of the life cycle of an animal.

  • Explore the natural world around them.

  • Understand about the Chinese New Year celebration - how this festival is celebrated and who celebrates it.

  • Talk about how this festival is celebrated in the same or different way to other festivals

Expressive arts and designs

Children will learn to:

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Design and make a pet, a farm animal , wild animal or dinosaur from different materials.
  • Choose and use range of resources to create a habitat.

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