Dinnington Community Primary School


Spring Term

Spring Term 2017

Our theme in Spring term 2017 is a geography based theme. We will be looking at Antarctica.       




Our essential question is 'Would a meerkat live in Antarctica?'




We are using the book, Meerkat Mail, to help us investigate the essential question. This is also our Novel Study book. 




When Sunny Meerkat who lives in the Kalahari Desert decides to go on a vacation to find the perfect place to know, some place that isn't so crowded with family: the PERFECT place to live. So, he leaves a note that says he has set off to stay with his Mongoose relatives, but he promises to write. And WRITE he does! From Uncle Bob's home he writes a post card featuring the African Red Hornbill that warns the mongoose family of danger. You can actually flip over the postcard and read his funny letter to his meerkat family. Unfortunately Sunny is just too big to fit into their hiding places.

Next, Sonny goes to stay with his cousins Scratchand Mitch who live in a termite mound. From there he writes another post card before the itching gets to ticklish for him and he moves to cousin Edward's home on the farm.


We will follow Sunny's quest for the perfect home through his emails that are included in his book: Meerkat MailCan you guess where he finds the perfect home?


I Wonder questions ...

What are meerkats? Where do they live?
What are their families like? What help do they give?
What do they eat? Where is their food?
Do you think that their food would taste really good?


Where in the world is Africa? Antarctica? 




Meerkat Mail

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett.

Meerkat family in Africa - BBC wildlife

Simon King, a member of the Big Cat Diary team, is back on the African plains to get to know a family of Meerkats. He works on sounds actions and mannerisms to help the family get to know him each morning in the hope of better understanding their lives over time.

Meerkats United - BBC Documentary

Meerkats United - Wildlife on One BBC Documentary - 1987 Recording. Narration by Sir David Attenborough - Meerkats United was made in 1994, making it the one of the first meerkat. Meerkats United is one of the first documentaries ever created. It was filmed by BBC and released on VHS as part of their "Wildlife Specials".

NEW 2015 - BBC Documentary 2015 WILD ANTARCTICA 2015 HD (720p)

Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.0 million square kilometres (5.4 million square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

Penguin & Leopard Seal FULL - BEST Documentary National geographic BBC 2015 [HD]

Penguin & Leopard Seal

Best Documentary 2016 The Secrets Of Antarctica

Best Documentary 2016 The Secrets Of Antarctica

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