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Why do Zebras have stripes?            

Hamjambo! Why do zebras have stripes? Where do lions live? It is time to discover amazing Africa and the wild animals that live there. This half term, we will explore a range of African dance, music, and artifacts. We will learn where Africa is and what the landscapes, people and wildlife are like across this stunning continent.

Who are the Maasai? What is camouflage? Where is the Serengeti? Let’s find out! We will learn about what school is like for African children and use our senses to explore a ‘market stall’ of African foods including exotic fruits.

We will use our imaginations to explore African animals, record animal noises and write our own call and response songs. Using sticks, we will make African-themed marks in soggy soil, and create an African landscape using sand, rocks, gravel, and driftwood with our own small world resources.

In mathematics, we will count and estimate animal numbers and in literacy, use labels and captions to identify animal traits. Then we will get creative, tapping out syllables on drums as we talk and trying our hand at African printing.

How to help at home

Africa is awesome! Research online together to find out more about this cool continent. You could also curl up on the sofa and watch The Lion King, Tarzan, Born Free or Madagascar. Alternatively, tear up coloured paper and work together to make a vibrant animal collage.  Can you include a range of animal markings?



Please ensure your child has a coat and any additional items of clothing such as: gloves, scarf and hat to keep them warm outside on the playground. As we are having to keep windows open in the classrooms due to current circumstances, additional items of clothing under school uniform may be necessary for keeping your child warm at school. Children need to bring a named, refillable water bottle that is taken home each day for washing.

PE will take place on Wednesdays – please send your child to school wearing their PE kit.

The teachers in Reception are:

Ms Leung – Ladybirds

Miss Armitt and Mrs Jones – Butterflies teachers

The adults supporting in Reception are:

Alison Smith, Sue Powell, Pauline Corbett (supporting across Reception) and Mr Reynolds

Supporting Your Child at Home