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Animal Learning Club | Skyswood Primary & Nursery School
Animal Learning Club

This week we are going to look at elephants. There are three learning opportunities based on the theme. The art for the week is based on the wonderful patchwork elephant, Elmer (created by David McKee). The maths workbook has a number of elephant-related maths challenges, whilst our literacy challenge is to create a page for a non-fiction book based on a choice of six different species of elephant.

Let’s start with the literacy challenge. I have modelled a non-fiction page based on the Asian elephant. It includes some basic information on the elephant, along with some additional information on the size of the elephant. You might choose to include a fact file on your species if you wish, or you might include a focus on a particular feature (eg trunk, tusks or ears). I chose a couple of pictures that were all a little bit different. You might prefer to include a drawing or a diagram? Think about the layout of your page. It should have a clear title. You might include a subtitle? It’s completely up to you how you lay the page out.

Here are the six species that you can choose from;

Savannah Bush Elephants

Borneo Elephant

African Elephant

Sri Lankan Elephant

Indian Elephant

Sumatran Elephant.

Have fun! Here’s my example;

Now for the maths booklet. The maths includes weights, measures and data.

For the artwork, we are going to look at Elmer for inspiration. You might choose to simply draw your own Elmer picture and colour it with colouring pencils of felt pens. You may prefer to paint an Elmer picture, or make an Elmer collage. If you’d like to be a bit more ambitious, here’s how to make your own Elmer out of a milk container. You could stick on your own coloured patches, or paint it with poster paints or acrylics! If you’d like some googly eyes to stick on at the end, I’ll leave some at the office and you could pop in and collect some!

Start with a milk container. Can you see the shape emerge from the marker pen lines?
Cut out Elmer shapes!
And decorate!
Papier mache could make it easier to paint
Sticky coloured paper is another option!
This was completed a few years back by one of our Skyswood pupils, who choose tissue papers for her Elmer collage
This model was made with cardboard and thick paper ears. Felt tips were used for the colour

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