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Spotlight on… Sir David Attenborough: KS2 Comprehension and Writing Activities Pack

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These activities are based on the article ‘Spotlight on ... Sir David Attenborough’ in issue 16 of Animal Planet magazine (included). There are opportunities to develop comprehension and writing skills using the resources provided. Pupils will explore the life of the famous naturalist and consider his achievements and influence over the many years that he has worked on natural history programmes. They will have the opportunity to write in role and create a timeline of Sir David Attenborough’s life.

Teachers’ notes are included for each of the activities, with suggested activities to develop the unit further.

This resource pack includes:

  • Copy of the Animal Planet article ‘Spotlight on ... Sir David Attenborough’
  • Comprehension question cards (with answer sheet)
  • Timeline cards
  • Become a Wildlife Presenter! worksheet
  • Planning sheet: Sir David Attenborough’s Diary
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes

What is Animal Planet Magazine?

This pack has been created in association with Animal Planet magazine, which fuels curious minds, helps children make sense of the world and sparks joy on every page.

To find out more, and register your interest in a school subscription, visit the Animal Planet magazine website.

National Curriculum Programme of Study Links

READING

Pupils should develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by listening to and discussing a wide range of ... non-fiction
Pupils should understand what they read by
- checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context.
- asking questions to improve their understanding of the text. Pupils should be taught how to retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.

WRITING

Pupils should plan their writing by discussing and recording ideas (years 5 and 6 also by drawing on research where necessary)

Pupils should draft and write by
- organising paragraphs around a theme
- using devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
- using organisational devices to structure text and guide the reader



  • Copy of the Animal Planet article ‘Spotlight on ... Sir David Attenborough’
  • Comprehension question cards (with answer sheet)
  • Timeline cards
  • Become a Wildlife Presenter! worksheet
  • Planning sheet: Sir David Attenborough’s Diary
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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