Writing Activities: Year 6


Lions are the only wild cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, around twelve females and their cubs. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides. Male lions have a mane, the fringe of long hair around their heads. Males defend the pride’s territory, which may include some 100 square miles of land. These fierce big cats mark the area with urine and roar menacingly to warn intruders, chasing off animals that step on their territory.

In this clip, we will see a cute and curious lion cub having fun playing with the camera.


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Credit: BBC One – Serengeti

Literacy Idea

Write a story about a pride of lions. Remember to use vivid language to describe the lions, their encounters and their Serengeti home.

You should include the following details:

  • A gripping opening that engages your reader
  • A build up to a problem that the lions face
  • An exciting climax to your story
  • How the lions respond to the climactic situation
  • An ending that leaves your reader feeling satisfied

Remember to plan your story before you start writing!

Wider Curriculum Idea

Using these fun facts about lions from natgeokids.com*, create a true or false quiz to test your friends and family. Make sure you write down the correct answers so you can check whether they are correct!

*Please note this is an advertising funded site