Animals

Block E - Sacred and Mythical Animals

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

Discover fantastical fictional animals such as dragons, unicorns and the phoenix. Listen to their stories, look at art and listen to music inspired by them. Invent your own versions of these imaginary animals and represent your ideas through the creative arts. Investigate the creatures that have been held in special regard by people through the ages such as the cow and Bald Eagle. Explore why they are considered special animals, describing their appearance and character traits. Compose and perform class poetry and explore descriptive language.

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: The dragon!

Children learn that the dragon is a popular mythical creature from around the world. They explore popular dragon stories, describe the appearance and behaviour of dragons and create dragon puppets and models.

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02: The phoenix!

Children learn that a unicorn is a mythical creature. They will be able to describe its appearance and character, and use this to create their own representations of unicorns.

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03: The unicorn!

Children learn that a unicorn is a mythical creature. They will be able to describe its appearance and character, and use this to create their own representations of unicorns.

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04: The cow - an animal sacred to Hindus

Children learn that many Hindus consider the cow to be a special animal and are able to identify why. They identify how their behaviour can have a positive impact on others.

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05: The bald eagle - an animal sacred to Native Americans

Children learn that the Bald Eagle is a special animal to Native American people. They carefully describe its appearance and movements to compose a class poem, which they perform. Children select their favourite scared/mythical animal and give reasons for their opinion.