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The Slideshow, ‘Animal groups’ features images of various groups of animals – from bees to horses. It can be used as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum – from literacy, to PSHE and science. Here are some quick activity ideas to get you started…


What’s in a name?

After viewing the Slideshow, ‘Animal groups’, can the children think of reasons why each animal group got its name? What about a ‘tower’ of giraffes or ‘gaggle’ of geese? Thought shower ideas as a class.

Invite the children to think of names for groups of people. Make suggestions for people who share similarities – perhaps by profession (doctors, teachers or popstars); emotion (positive, excited or worried); likes (books, animals or cars), or skills (athletic, calm or artistic).

Discuss characteristics that describe the different groups and agree on a suitable group name for them. What about a ‘medic’ of doctors or a ‘tome’ of book lovers?

Stronger together

Discuss the reasons that animals live in groups. Invite ideas from the children such as safety, working together to hunt for/find food and raising young. See if the children can pinpoint which animals in the Slideshow are predators, which are prey and which are both. Do they have different reasons for living together? For example, horses are prey animals and live together in large herds. They warn each other of approaching danger. Honey bees live together in a hive – they work together to find food and support the queen bee who produces offspring.

People also stick together in groups (families, classes, clubs). Why do the children think this is? Tell the Aesop Fable ‘The Bundle of Sticks’ – what do we learn from this?

Count the sheep (Key Stage 1)

Use the Slideshow for number practice. Ask questions such as:

  • How many pandas/wolves/lions are there?
  • Which are there more of – lions or sheep?
  • How many lions have big manes?
  • If two wolves went away to hunt, how many would be left?

How many penguins? (Key Stage 2)

Use the Slideshow for some fun estimation activities. Ask the children to estimate how many penguins or bees there are. Once they’ve all had a guess, ask them what strategies they used to add up the animals. Thought shower more reliable strategies that don’t involve counting all the animals individually.

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