Block G - Animal Tales

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

Explore a range of traditional animal tales, famous animal characters and animal rhymes and discover the lessons we can learn from their adventures and mishaps! Children consider how to be brave and helpful. They will understand that even though we look similar we actually look and behave differently. The children set their own targets and persevere to achieve them and appreciate the power of working together as a team. This block focusses primarily on the personal, communication and emotional development objectives about playing co-operatively, showing sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and forming positive relationships using positive animal role models as the catalyst for discussion, writing and creative expression.

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: Chicken Licken: being brave!

Children explore the story of Chicken Licken to identify and describe the emotion of courage. They share experiences where they have been brave and explain strategies they have used. 

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02: Elmer the Elephant: being different is OK!

Children explore how they are similar and different to each other. They recognise the physical and personality differences that make us all unique. Children positively celebrate their individuality!

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03: Herman the Helper: being helpful!

Children identify how they and others can be helpful, the feelings associated with giving and receiving help and the socially appropriate behaviour to acknowledge help.

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04: The tortoise and the hare: never give up!

Children understand that everyone finds things difficult, but that it is possible to achieve difficult goals when they persevere. Children appreciate the feelings of frustration and achievement.

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05: Traditional animal rhymes: performing to an audience!

Children learn a range of traditional nursery rhymes that include animal characters. They make adaptations to these to invent original versions. Children work collaboratively to add music and actions and perform each rhyme to an audience.