Watch the video below to introduce you to the topic this term - how many different animals can you spot? How many of then are you familiar with? Were there any you'd never seen before? To begin the topic, I'd like you to try an create an 'underwater alphabet'. On a piece of paper, try to write down one sea/ocean creature or living thing for each letter of the alphabet - is it possible? Let me know by emailing school with your list!
Open the presentation and follow the instructions for the various investigations - ask an adult to help you. Whilst you complete the investigations, note your observations and results on the activity sheet.
Open up the presentation below and read the information. It will talk you through an investigation you can do at home. If you don't have tea towels, use kitchen paper or socks! Make sure you open up the activity sheet and fill it in as you go along.
Under water animals
Open the document for your instructions and photographs. Follow the instructions to create a poster about your chosen animal - this should take you 2 lessons.
Ocean Animal Art
Open the document to find the instructions for creating some animal art - we'd love to see photographs of them at school!
Use books, maps, atlas' or the internet to fill in the Oceans on the sheet. An adult that you live with might be able to help you too.
The Water Cycle
Using the information on the water cycle from the reading comprehension (on the literacy page) Label the diagram and colour it in. There are 3 levels to choose from - your choice!
Open the presentation to learn some amazing water usage facts - you'll be suprised to know some of the easiest ways we waste water every day. After you've read them, create a poster to encourage people to save water. Don't forget to add some of the fabulous water facts and some pictures (you could draw them or print them off)
Cool Colour tones
Either download the colouring templates below or draw your own picture of an underwater animal. Then, colour it in using cool tones and colours (look at the information on the poster). Can you create collection of animals - your own aquarium maybe?
Geography lesson 1 - Locate The World's Countries
Did you know, Africa is one of the seven continents of the world? Can you spot it on the World Map? Do you know the names of the remaining six continents? Follow the link below to find videos, maps and activities about the seven continents. Test your knowledge at the end with a short quiz.
Geography lesson 2 - Africa - Destination World
Create a poster or a leaflet persuading people to travel to Africa. Try to include background information about Africa, different places they could visit and the animals they could see. Make it bright and colourful. Watch the video below for inspiration.
Art Lesson 1 - Ndebele Art (South Africa)
Ndebele house painting is traditionally done by the women. They have always done the painting freehand, without ever using a ruler! Long ago, the women used natural pigments for their paint but today they use more modern paint, but they still often use chicken feathers as paint brushes just as their ancestors did. Open the PowerPoint below to explore pictures of Ndebele house paintings from South Africa.
Challenge - Try your hand at Ndebele house painting. Without using a ruler, sketch a design on A4 paper. Remember that Ndebele art uses a series of geometric patterns and shapes. Use black to outline your design then use bright colours to fill in the design.
Art lesson 2 - African Patterns
Africa is well known for its individual style of art. For hundreds of years, African art has been strongly influenced and inspired by natural surroundings and the environment. Geometric patterns are common on fabrics, for example zigzags, to signify that the path in life can be difficult to travel. Other examples include chequerboards, curved lines, spirals and circles. Some patterns have symbolic meaning for the artist and/or the person using the art. These symbolic patterns represent cultural beliefs and history, for example, crescents, stars, flowers, seeds, trees and pods.
Challenge - Have a go at designing your own African patterns. Use the PowerPoint below for inspiration. There are also some African Patterns for you to colour in.
Art Lesson 3 - Tinga Tinga Art
Tinga Tinga art is an art movement that began in Tanzania and spread to most of east Africa.
The paintings are bright and colourful and usually show the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion or leopard. Use the PowerPoint below to find out about Tinga Tina Art and have a go at creating some of your own.
African Animals Lesson
Look at the presentation below and use the clues to see if you can guess the animals. Then choose an animal of your own and write 3 clues. Can anyone at home guess which animal you were thinking of? You can do as many animals as you like!
Science Lesson 1 - Venn Diagrams
In Science our Topic is called Living Things and their Habitats. This term we are learning about sorting animals using Venn Diagrams. We have already had a go at sorting African animals into Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. Can you remember where each animal went? Cut and stick the animals or draw them on your own paper. The answers are included for you to check once you have had a go.
Alternatively, you could think of your own way of sorting the animals, for example, 2 legs/4 legs or lives in water/lives on land.
Science Lesson 2 - Bug Hunt
Go out in your garden or go for a walk with a grown up and see if you can find any minibeasts. You could use the sheet below to tick off any you find. Try looking under rocks or in bushes. Take a photo if you can and then draw a picture of what you found. Can you label the body parts and any characteristics?
Science Lesson 3 - Animal Research
Choose an African animal and carry out some research using books at home or the internet. The link below will take you to a useful website. Scroll down to the section titled 'African Animals' and click on each animal for information.
Once you have found out about the animal, present your information as a leaflet or poster.
Science Lesson 4 - Classification
Click on the link below to find out about classification. Take the quiz to find out what you have learnt.