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Who are the famous animals in my books?

Who are the famous animals in my books

Spring 2


Weekly questions 

Week 1 – What animals do I know? What animals do I have at home?

Week 2 – What animals does Brown bear see? 

Week 3 – What bear books do I know? 

Week 4 – How many animals can I find in this story?

Week 5 – What animals live on Old McDonald’s farm?

Week 6 – Why was Elmer unhappy?


Key vocabulary

Animal names – farm animals, names of bears, zoo animals.

Happy, sad, cross, unhappy, upset, worried, frightened, scared.

Pattern, print, claws, teeth, jaws, mane, tail, long, short.

Colour names (linked to brown bear)


Throughout this topic we will... 

Personal, social and emotional development

To use emotion words to describe how characters feel.

To show different emotions using facial expressions.

To discuss their own pets from home.

To share their favourite animals.


Physical development

To draw simple shapes that represent animals.

To handle books carefully and turn the pages with control.

To jump, crawl, leap, stamp, run and slitter like animals.


Communication and language 

To use their voice to make sounds to match stories e.g. animal and environmental sounds.

To answer simple what and where questions about books. 

To name a range of animals.



To show an interest in a range of animal books and discuss my favourite ones.

To select books that have animal characters in them.

To create and give meaning to marks that represent different characters from the stories.

To orally retell parts of stories in play.



To select the correct animal patterns and match to animals.

To represent amounts of objects using marks and drawings.

To sing animal number songs.


Understanding the world

To discuss the features of animals.

To match animals and their habitats e.g. under the sea/farm.

To understand what a farm is and the type of animals that live on it.


Expressive arts and design

To construct animal homes building spaces and creating enclosures.

To use movements to pretend to be animals.

To create animals using junk modelling, using scissors and glue to join and shape.

To retell animal stories through role play, using props to support.

To be able to sing the song Old McDonald.



Stunning Start

We have been learning about our pets