The Final Task!!!
What do you get if you mix a hippopotamus with your little brother? A Venus flytrap with your mum? An assassin bug with your granny? Or a lion with your sister? A very odd family indeed. Use what you know about the most effective predatory plants and animals to create the ultimate human predator. Which combination of plants, animals and humans will work best?
Find a picture of your favourite predator and compare it with the picture of your family member. Make a list of their best predatory features, like your brother’s speedy legs or a shark’s sharp teeth.
What will you name your new predator?
Try out a few options, writing down your ideas and saying them aloud. You could merge the names to make one, like Hippobro or Grannybug!
Animals cannot make their own food and need to get nutrition from the food they eat. Carnivores get their nutrition from eating other animals. Herbivores get their nutrition from plants. Omnivores get their nutrition from eating a combination of both plants and other animals.
Find out by research which predators eat the common UK frog and which animals the frogs prey on.
Note: Feathered predators, such as herons and egrets, like a tasty frog or two, as do mammals such as otters. Frogs like to eat a range of small insects, but will also eat smaller frogs. What information can you add to this and how will you choose to present your research?
Search online and use the document below to find out as much information as you can about crocodiles and alligators. Make comparisons between the two, thinking carefully about how to record your information. Would you rather be a crocodile or an alligator? What are your reasons?
On the World Map below, can you locate where crocodiles and alligators can be found?
Follow the link below to a great Bitesize lesson on food chains, which fits beautifully with our topic. There is a video with 5 activities suggested to reinforce your learning!
Research deadly aquatic predators like sharks, jellyfish, octopi, snapping turtles, whales, dolphins, pike, barracuda and piranha by following the link below. Can you create your own Top Trumps game based on what you find out? Enjoy!
A famous poem about a bird of prey...
The Eagle was inspired by Tennyson’s travels in the Pyrenees, where he frequently saw raptors circling overhead. Alliteration and personification are used in this poem and the final line is a simile.
‘What do you think the eagle is clasping? What does the phrase ‘Ring’d with the azure world’ mean? What do you think the poet is describing when he says ‘And like a thunderbolt he falls’?’
A link to websites for children to research animals
Our new topic is named...PREDATOR!
We will make suggestions every day on Dojo but nothing beats child led learning so feel free to follow your own lines of enquiry through the animal kingdom!!
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side. Find out who’s coming to visit. Is it a bug munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it? Learn about creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap. Be inspired to write an informative leaflet all about your favourite predator and compose a poem about a predator or its prey. Then use what you know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator; the apex of the food chain. Cross your dad with a peregrine falcon or your nan with a great white shark. What incredible species can you imagine? Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain.
Some home learning ideas to keep you busy!
You've heard about the Trojan horse, now construct a decoy vessel of your own using recycled materials. Use old milk cartons and soft drink bottles for the body, cutting windows or trap doors for the soldiers to climb in and out. Plan your ideas first, labelling each part of your design. Then construct your design! For added challenge, try attaching it to a wheel-based axle to enable it to be moved inside the wooden gates. You'll need to think really carefully about household items you could recycle for this part! Decorate your vessel using paint, paper, felt, card and any other materials you have left. I have seen lots of imaginative ways of making paint from flour, food colouring and even packets of Skittles. See how resourceful yo can be!
Here is the Ancient Greek story of the Trojan horse for you to read. Horrible Histories help bring this to life!!!!
You have already watched the video of Pandora's Box and created a storyboard. Why do you think it was so important that hope came out of the box with all of the other horrible things? We are seeing lots of symbols of hope around our community at the moment, can you think what they are? Why do you think they are so important to our community? I've tried to give you a clue! Read the story again and look at the innovate challenge below. Create your own box of hope to present to Zeus and you'd better hope he likes it!!!
Watch the Ancient Greek story 'Pandora's Box'. Just like we have done in school before, carefully fold a sheet of paper into either 4, 6 or 8 equal parts. Now you can create a story board to retell what happened with words and pictures.
Use the document and website below to research your favourite Greek gods. Then you could create a fact file for your favourites just like the one we created for Zeus in school. You could even brighten up a family member's day by treating them to a presentation of your findings!
Here is a list of ideas for our topic that should keep you busy for a week or two! Work through in any order and at a pace to suit your family. We can't wait for photos to start coming though on Class Dojo!