Block B - Working Animals

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

Find out about the animals that work and help us in so many ways. Learn about the strong animals that help us to do heavy and difficult jobs such as heavy horses and elephants. Learn about how dogs can help people who have problems with seeing or confidence. Learn about animals that can identify and track scents or deliver secret messages. Take part in role-plays, listen to stories and represent ideas with art and design and technology. Express learning through writing and speaking.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

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: How am I helpful?

Meet Super Worm! Use role-play to recreate different ways he is helpful and give suggestions about how the children can be helpful in different situations.

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02: Strong and mighty!

Children discover a heavy object in their classroom. They learn how horses and elephants have been trained to move heavy items and compare and contrast this with machines.

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03: Help me to see it!

Children understand how dogs are able to help blind/partially-sighted people to move around safely. They learn how to care for a dog and know the difference between pet dogs and working dogs.

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04: Detectives!

Children use their sense of smell to identify a range of familiar scents. They know that dogs can be trained to identify and track scents. Children know that dogs can be used to help increase confidence and self-esteem.

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05: Secrets!

Children understand how pigeons have been used to transport secret messages. They consider which animal they think is the most helpful and provide a reason for their choice. Children vote to discover the most helpful working animal!