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Monday 8th June

         Frann Preston-Gannon
     Pavilion Children’s Books







A polar bear realises his world is changing, the ice is disappearing and he can’t find food. He sets off in a small boat and on the way meets three more animals, all with big problems. A panda and an orangutan whose homes are also disappearing and a frightened elephant hiding from the hunters who want his tusks. They travel together in a small boat until they come to an island where a dodo lives.  Will they ever be able to go back to their homes?

This story gives us the chance to talk to children about endangered animals and about looking after our world.

Click on the link below to hear Claire read the story. (Early years section)


 Endangered animals


An animal is endangered if their home is being destroyed or they are being hunted and there aren’t many of the animals left in the world.

The dodo in the story is extinct this means sadly there are no living dodo birds left in the world.









What sound can you hear?



‘p’, ‘p’ polar bear

'p', 'p' panda

‘e’, ‘e’ elephant

‘o’, ‘o’ orangutan

‘d’, ‘d’ dodo

What letter sound does your favourite animal start with? Have a go at writing the sounds and then the names of your favourite animal. Use your Speed sound card to help you.





Speed Sounds Set 1 for Nursery and Reception children.



Speed Sounds Set 2 for Reception children.



Make a poster


Can you make a poster about your favourite animal?

The poster should include a picture of your favourite animal and information about that animal.

What do you know about the animal? Where does it live? What does it eat? Don’t forget the very important information about what people need to do to save the animal or help look after it.



Save the panda!


Pandas  live in China.

They eat bamboo.

Please do not cut the bamboo down.



Write the next scene of the story

The story ends with the animals on the island wondering when they can go home. What would you like to happen next? Can you write and draw the next page of the story? Do they stay on the island? Can one or all of the animals go home? Is it safe for them? Do people come and help them?   










Don’t forget to use your Speed Sounds to help you with your writing!


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