Block A - Pets

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

What pets do you have at home? How do you care for them? What habitats do they need to help them thrive? How does a vet help animals? Do you know about exotic pets? Which pets did people have in the past? This block will help you to answer these questions and to show your learning through art, design and technology, music, role-play, stories, maths and writing. Have fun holding an animal picnic, a Great Pet Sale and a ‘Best in Show’ event.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: All sorts of pets

Wonder at a surprise egg, think about good/bad pets in response to a letter from the little girl in the story I want a pet, set up a pet shop role-play area with posters and pet food.

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02: Exotic pets

Discuss exotic pets, make posters, paper chain snakes, playdough snakes, and junk model exotic habitats.

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03: Pets in the past

Look at pictures of pets in the past and compare with pictures of pets in the present, make pet portraits, collage of pets from the past, make a lead and tag for soft pet, listen and dance to old music.

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04: Great pet sale!

Listen to The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen, take part in pet shop sale, pay for animals, write price tags, draw out mathematical language and make zig-zag books.

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05: Looking after our pets

Look after the newly arrived class pet, listen to a vet, discuss how vets help animals, role-play being a vet, weigh pets, measure out ‘medicine’ and bandage injuries.

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06: Pet picnic!

Bring in your toy pets to join the class pet show, award rosettes for different reason, choose your favourite pet, draw your pet’s favourite food on a paper plate ready for the final picnic, read the thank you letter from the girl in the story.