Year 1/2

Animals and Mini Beasts

For this topic, we will start of by looking at the world of animals and the different ways in which they can be classified and then we will look at the fascinating world of mini beasts. In week two, on Wednesday 4th March, we will be going on a school trip to Newquay Zoo.



We will be writing animal and mini beast descriptions.

We will be looking at information text and creating our own fact files about animals or mini beasts.

We will learn the story of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, adapting and changing it, into an interesting new version about mini beasts.



Four operations – adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

Money – Recognising coins and adding amounts.

Time – Timing events and how long things take to do. Telling the time to the o’clock and half past.

Shapes – Naming 2D and 3D shapes. Recognising their properties.

Fractions – Half and quarter of amounts and shapes.



Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Learn the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.

Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

Pupils will be working scientifically by: using their observations to compare and contrast animals at first hand or through videos and photographs, describing how they identify and group them; grouping animals according to what they eat; and using their senses to compare different textures, sounds and smells.

We will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will learn about some of these animal’s lifecycle.



We will look at prints on animals in terms of camouflage and recreate some of these.

We will look at tracks and footprints and create some of our own.


Design Technology

We will be look at a range of different design ideas for bug hotels. We will research, design, make and improve our designs and think carefully about locations.



We are going to learn an animal song about classification.



In Geography we will continue with our mapping skills, recalling the five oceans and seven continents. Continue to develop our direction skills, left, right and compass direction.  We will use these skills to make, test and use maps of our local environment that others can follow. We will develop our knowledge of keys.



We will continue with our cricket coaching from Cornwall Cricket Chance to shine.



We will learn about Easter and surprises. We will have the opportunity to explore the different ways that people celebrate their faith.