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Animal Safari

In the Animal Safari project, your child will learn about incredible animals that live worldwide. They will explore various animal habitats and compare the animals that live there with animals in their locality. They will learn how to care for pets and what all animals need to grow, survive and stay happy and healthy. They will explore animal features and find out how they survive in the wild. They will compare the ways that animals are similar and different.

Supporting your child at home

  • Go on a local safari to find out about the animals that live in your garden or local park.
  • Look at animals from around the world, discuss your favourite animals and find out some fantastic facts.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource below.

We have Tadpoles and Caterpillars in our classroom at the moment! We are enjoying watching them grow and change each day. 🐸 🐛 

We started our new topic by looking at the lovely story ‘I Wrote to the Zoo’. We had a look at some other wild animals and thought about all of the reasons they wouldn’t make suitable pets! 

We created a class block diagram of everybody’s pets. Cats and dogs are very popular in Reception! We shared pictures and talked about the pets we have at home or the pets we might one day like to own. 

We enjoyed watching some videos about caring for pets and all of the things you might need to have and do in order to care for them. The children wrote a list of the things you will need for a new puppy. 🐶

Moving on from pets, we have started to look at other animals from around the world. Children chose their favourite and drew and labelled them for our display (pictures to follow!). 

We have had a look at grouping animals in to Reptiles, Mammals and Birds, identifying the key features of each group. 

Birds - have feathers, a beak and wings. They lay eggs. 

Mammals - have live young, and fur or hair. 
Reptiles - have scales and (mostly) lay eggs. 

Feathered Friends

We took a closer look at birds this week, looking at birds from around the world, focussing on the bright colours and patterns of their feathers. The children all created their own brightly coloured bird for our display. 


We have been thinking about the different animals that lay eggs and comparing their size, colour and texture. . We also learned that some animals lay their eggs in a nest, while some bury them, and others lay them in water. 

Herbivores and Carnivores

The children have been grouping animals into meat based eaters and plant based eaters and thinking about food chains. 

Scientific Animal Drawings

This week we talked about how before we had cameras, the only way for people to record what different animals looked like was through detailed drawings. The children then chose an animal to have a go at drawing themselves using just a pencil. They did a fabulous job!