Block C - Animal Protectors

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

How can we help to protect animals? Find out about the role of different charities including zoos in conserving rare breeds and animals. Explore the tasks of animal keepers and train to be an Animal Protector: learning about the right habitats, living conditions and appropriate food and water amounts for the animals. Great opportunities to explore some maths ideas about size, volume and patterns.

Think about the ways we can help our local animals to thrive by creating wildlife areas and gardens at school and home. Make observations and use drawing, painting and sculpture to share your ideas. Create wildlife homes for hedgehogs and frogs. Choose and plant flora that encourage wildlife.

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 do we protect?

Introduce endangered animals and think about the part humans play in this. Watch a video clip on habitats and endangered animals and find out ways to help. Small world animal sorting, matching fur to animal, painting, using instruments to be different animals.

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02: So you want to be an animal protector?

Begin training to become an animal protector by learning what we need to be happy and safe and comparing this to what an animal needs. Learn about what foods different animals need. Measure food by weighing, making grape snakes, sorting unhealthy and healthy food and ordering sizes of bowls.

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03: Water training!

Continue with their Animal Protector training and learn how important water is to animals and us. Measure and compare capacities. Order containers, make animal footprints in paint and watch a video clip of elephants learning to use their trunk in water.

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04: Habitat training

Complete the last phase of the Animal Protector training and become fully qualified protectors. Learn about different habitats and where animals might live. Sort animals into habitats and make their own books.

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05: Local animal protectors

Explore local wildlife and act out how the animals might move and travel. Guess the animal game. Create a class dance about these animals. Sketch with detail observations, make salt dough animals, label different animals, find them in non-fiction and guess the animal nose!

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06: Save our wildlife!

Watch a video about British wildlife and their habitats. Discuss local changes that may have affected their local wildlife. Transform the outside classroom into a wildlife area and become local animal protectors by planting wild flowers, making hedgehog homes, bird food and ponds!