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Term 2 - 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 herbivore and who is 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 nap… a cat nap!

See the curriculum newsletter for more information.


Did you know?

Tigers are an endangered animal because some humans hunt them and destroy their habitats.

Tigers that breed with lions give birth to ligers or tigons!

Tigers are strong swimmers and can swim up to 6km.

A pack of kittens is called a kindle and a group of adult cats is called a clowder or a glaring.

A male cat is called a tom and a female cat is called a queen.

Parrots such as the macaw or cockatoo can live more than 75 years.

Dogs can dream when they’re asleep, just like we do!

Dogs’ noses are wet to help their sense of smell.

Pet cats love to play, practising new skills for hunting and fighting.

Goldfish have no eyelids so they have to sleep with their eyes open.

Goldfish can recognise human faces.

They like to see their owner’s face as it usually means they are about to be fed!

Hamsters store food in their stretchy cheek pouches so they can eat it later. Yuk!

Baby rabbits are called kits and are born blind without any hair.

Some lizards can detach their tails to escape from predators. (Don’t worry – some of them are able to grow them back after a few weeks!)

Gerbils have very strong muscular hind legs and big back feet which means that they often stand upright rather than crouching down (and they’re extremely good at foot thumping!).

A snake smells the air using its tongue.

Reptiles (like snakes and lizards) need special equipment to keep them warm if they are kept as pets.

Dalmatian pups are born pure white. They start getting their black spots after a couple of weeks.


Ruby Documents


Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Fun and Games

Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page. 

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