Autumn Term 1
Welcome to the new school term! We hope you have had a
Our theme this term is all about meerkats. We will be asking the question ‘why can’t a meerkat live in the North Pole?’ To kick start our new term here is an introduction to the topic:
The Meerkat (suricata suricatta) is a small mammal that is part of the mongoose family.
Where do Meerkats live?
Meerkats live in the African Kalahari desert in the countries of South Africa and Botswana. They dig large networks of underground tunnels where they stay during the night. These tunnels have multiple openings for escaping a predator.
Meerkats are specially adapted to living in the harsh desert environment. Dark patches around their eyes help them be effective lookouts by reducing the glare of the sun, much like a baseball player who paints dark lines beneath his eyes. Their eyes also allow them to take in a wide angle view of the scene. This helps prevent predators from gaining an advantage by sneaking up.
Fun Facts about Meerkats:
1. Predators of the meerkat include snakes, jackals, and birds of prey.
2. The burrows that they dig are good for protection, but they also help them to keep cool from the hot desert sun.
3. Their tan and brown fur helps them to blend into the desert and hide from predators such as eagles.
4. If the group feels threatened by a predator, they will sometimes try mobbing or attacking it in a group. Although they usually run, they can be fierce fighters when needed.
5.Timon from the Disney movie The Lion King was a meerkat.
6. The entire family including the father and siblings will help to take care of newborn meerkats.
7.They are considered a type of mongoose.
PE kits need to be brought in on Mondays and kept on pegs until Friday : )
Counting, ordering, writing and matching numbers