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Manor Field

Infant School





Summer 2: Commotion in the Ocean


This half-term our topic will have an ocean-based theme.

Our text driver is the fiction text ‘Snail and the Whale’ through which we will develop oracy and story-telling skills and build towards the children creating their own version of the story. The children will create fact-files of a chosen sea creature and write instructions for following a simple map. The children will learn about tempo and pitch in Music by creating their own ocean soundscapes and also learning some sea shanties to perform at the end of term.

As our initial hook into the project the children will receive a voice clip from the snail, telling them about the project. The children will research a variety of sea creatures and their diets, and begin to understand their habitat. We will make links to the physical geography of where animals live, and build the children’s knowledge and passion for sea life.


The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.