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Year 5

Autumn 1: ¡Vamos al Zoológico!


This half-term we are going to be learning about different animals we might be able to see if we were to visit a zoo. By the end of this unit of work, we should be able to write a description of an animal identifying its animal group, the habitat where it lives, the food it eats and some characteristics of the animal.

Week 1 - WALT: identify cognates using correct vocabulary and pronunciation.


During today's lesson we were introduced to the different types of animals we would meet if we were to visit a zoo. 


We had to listen carefully to how each word was pronounced and repeat each animal back to Mr Lambrou.


See below for some of the animals that we got to encounter.


Week 2 - WALT: identify the names of animals by choosing the correct vocabulary


During this weeks lesson we looked to build on the vocabulary that we learnt last week.


First, we practised saying the names of different animals in Spanish to familiarise ourselves with our new vocabulary. 


We were then set a challenge in our table groups. We were given a set of pictures of different animals and given the different vocabulary words that we had learnt. We had to match each image with the correct Spanish vocabulary. We had an excellent lesson and enjoyed collaborating with our table partners.


Take a look below to see us in action.

Week 3 - WALT: express an animals habitat using correct vocabulary and pronunciation


During today's lesson, we further developed our knowledge and understanding of animals that we might see at the zoo. 


We challenged ourselves today to think of the different habitats where the animals might live. 


We learnt the Spanish verb 'vivir' which means to live. 


We also learnt the different forms that our verb might when our pronoun changes.


We than had to learn the vocabulary for different habitats we might find our animals in.


El bosque - The forest


La selva - The jungle


La sabana - The savannah


El mar - The sea

Following this, we learnt how to ask where an animal might live


¿dónde vive ...? - Where does ... live?


We were then challenged to ask where an animal might live and respond with the correct habitat. Listen below for some examples of our work.

¿Dónde vive el elefante?

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¿Dónde vive el elefante?

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¿Dónde vive la foca?

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¿Donde vive el oso?

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¿Dónde vive el pez?

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Week 4 - WALT: describe an animals diet using correct pronunciation


During this weeks lesson, we progressed our learning by thinking about the different diets that animals may have. 


We learnt the verb 'comer' which means to eat.


We again were challenged to think about how our verb would change depending on the different pronouns that are used. 


Following this, we learnt the different vocabulary words for the different foods that some animals might eat.


Ojas - leaves


Verduras y frutas - Vegetables and fruits


Pescado - Fish


Carne - Meat


Bambú - Bamboo

Following this, we expanded our knowledge even further by learning how to ask what an animal eats.


¿qué come ...? - What does ... eat?


We then worked with a partner to ask what foods certain animals would eat. Listen below to examples of our work.

¿Qué come el canguro? - ¿Qué come el tiburón?

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¿Qué come el pingüino? - ¿Qué come el chimpancé?

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¿Qué come el leopardo? - ¿Qué come el panda?

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¿Qué come el pez? - ¿Qué come la jirafa?

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¿Qué come la foca? - ¿Qué come la serpiente?

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¿Qué come el mono?

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¿Qué come el elefante?

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Week 5 - WALT: create a fact file using correct spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. 


During this week we created our published written outcome for our Spanish unit. 


We were challenged to create a fact file to describe an animal we were allocated.


We had to think about 


1) What classification group the animal belongs to.


2) Where the animal lives.


3) What the animal eats.


4) How the animal would be described.


To do this we had to learn the vocabulary for different adjectives


largo / larga - long


grande - big


pequeño / pequeña - small


feroz - fierce


peligroso / peligrosa - dangerous


tranquilo / tranquila - calm


ruidoso / ruidosa - noisy


simpático / simpática - lovely


gordo / gorda - fat


alto / alta - tall

Following this we had to learn the different grammar rules for writing a sentence in Spanish.




When you describe a noun in Spanish, the adjective is placed after the noun!


There are also different spellings for words dependent upon whether the noun is masculine or feminine!



See below for examples of our classes FANTASTIC fact files!

Week 6 - WALT: describe animals in Spanish using correct vocabulary and pronunciation.


For our final piece of work, we were challenged to describe the animals we had previously written about using correct vocabulary and pronunciation.


We are very proud of our work and we have all gained so much confidence in our Spanish speaking and listening.


See below for our final speaking pieces.

El Camello - 1

El Camello - 2

El Canguro

El Chimpancé

El Elefante - 1

El Elefante - 2

El Gorila

El Hipopótamo

El Leopardo

El Lobo - 1

El Lobo - 2

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