KS1: Blencathra

Term 5 – Paws Claws & Whiskers

Welcome to our Year 1 class page!

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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!

This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!

Following our approach to writing using ‘The Write Stuff’, we will be writing narratives based on ‘Wombat Goes Walkabout’ and ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We will also be writing a non-chronological report influenced by what we have learnt in our topic lessons.

To aid fluency and comprehension in reading we will be commencing our ‘Hooked on Books’ lessons. This will help the children to really immerse themselves in a text and come up with thoughtful, insightful and in-depth responses to particular language choices made by the author.

In mathematics, we will be focusing on number and geometry. We are trying really hard to rapidly recall our number bonds so please try to log to Numbots as much as possible! It really helps!

Topic Focus

Art and Design

Key texts

Puss in Boots – Ladybird; Animal Poems – compiled by Jennifer Curry; Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling


Narrative writing based on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo. Non-chronological reports

Art and Design

Talking about art; Drawing; Collage; Making models; Painting; Sculpture; Masks and products


Retrieving images; Photography; Using presentation software


Designing labels; Designing and making animal enclosures


Using and making maps; Describing physical features


Animal Songs


Animal movements; Dance


Caring for animals



Animals, including humans; Working scientifically


Science Investigations

Can you leap like a frog? What are our hands for?


Dates for your diary:

Tuesday: outdoor PE

Friday: indoor PE

28th May: end of term 5

Thank you for your continued support, please let us know if we can help you with anything.



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