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School Closure Home Learning (Year 1-6): Year 5

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Sifakas are lemurs – they get their name from their unique call that echoes throughout the Madagascan forests, which sounds like they are saying ‘shif-auk’. Sifakas spend most of their time in the trees, leaping quickly from branch to branch. Using their powerful hind legs to jump, they can clear distances of over 9 metres.

In this clip, we will see some Sifakas jump across sharp limestone shards to reach fresh vegetation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07yh0jv/player

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Credit: BBC Two – Earth’s Tropical Islands

Literacy Idea

Imagine you are a newspaper reporter. You have just witnessed the incredible efforts of the sifaka and her child jumping across the sharp limestone.

Write a newspaper article about the sifika’s journey. Remember to include…

  • An attention-grabbing headline
  • An introduction to why you are writing this article
  • Details explaining the events that unfolded
  • An interview with the sifaka about how she felt, and why she took such a risky journey

Wider Curriculum Idea

Turn the sound off on the clip, and find a song that you think best fits what is happening in the clip. Write a paragraph explaining why you have chosen this song!