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Vale View Primary School

Vale ViewPrimary School

Term 4

Our topic this term is entitled 'Amazing Animals'.  

We are all different, but how different are animals? Can we identify animals and their features? What makes them unique? What features do they have in common? What do they eat and how can you classify them? How do their features help them in the climate they live in? This term we become walking-talking Animal Encyclopedias!

As super Scientists we will learn lots of new scientific vocabulary! We will name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

As hands-on historians we will study the life of Sir David Attenborough and learn all about why it is important to look after animals. Have humans always been kind to animals? How has this changed?

As growing Geographers we will study maps to learn about where different animals live and why they need to live in that environment.

As aspirational Artists we will use animal texture and pattern as inspiration to create our own prints and designs.



What a fun and exciting way to start the term! Year 1 had an amazing animals’ day for our learning lift-off. Some of the children came into school dressed as their favourite animals, others brought in stuffed toy animals from home. We spent time watching the live web cams from Edinburgh Zoo, the penguins were particularly fun and cheeky. We also met the school Guinea pigs and enjoyed a cuddle with them.

We will continue to learn lots of fun facts about animals throughout the term so please ask your children what they can remember!



This term we have had some great fun learning so many facts about animals. We have learnt how to group animals according to their bodies; mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. The children have also learnt how to group animals according to their diet. We all dissected some (fake) poo to work out if the animal was a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Ask your child what they had.




We were very lucky to get to go on a school trip to Wingham Wildlife park and see some of the animals which we have been learning about in real life. The giraffes were a particular favourite with most.




Also this term we have started learning how to tell the time. Last week we looked at telling the time to the nearest o’clock and then this week we learnt about half past the hour on an analogue clock. See if you can read these times with your child too.