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Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.

Welcome to St Hilda's Zoo!

To introduce our new topic, 'Paws, Claws and Whisker' Year 1 visited St Hilda’s Zoo! Through the magic of technology, we were able to watch live videos of animals at San Diego Zoo. 

Animal Art

This week Year 1 have been exploring animal art. Taking inspiration from other artists, the children have used oil pastels to create the pattern and the silhouette of their chosen animal. Brilliant creative work Year 1!

Our Mysterious Pets 


This week the children had lots of fun designing and created their own mysterious pets using modelling clay, as part of their 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic. They then used the 'I Can Animate' app to create their own animations of their animals in their habitats.



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