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June 8th Onwards: Africa




This is obviously a massive topic and so many wonderful directions you can take it. We will run this topic for three weeks because there are so many resources for it and aspects to learn about.


We are very lucky to have Mrs Price in school who has been out to Ghana in Africa numerous times and has helped to build a link with Sylvia who is a teacher in Ghana. Read about Barnaby Bear’s adventures in Ghana with Mrs Price.  Read about and see photos of Barnaby’s adventures from their first trips 2011 - 2015.





There are lots of brilliant books based in Africa. Lets start with this favourite.

Handas Surprise 

Hear it read aloud here

Or watch an animation here 


  • Before reading the story, look at the title and cover. Predict what the surprise might be. Then, read the blurb on the back cover? Does this give any more clues about the surprise?
  • The story is full of questions. Look at the use of question marks in the story. Can you write your own questions and put a question mark in the correct place?
  • Retell the story in the form of a storyboard with captions and speech bubbles for each character / animal.
  • Rewrite the story from Handa's point of view. What does she think happened to the original fruit in her basket?
  • Make a list of vocabulary to describe the animals and / or fruit that appear in the story.
  • Write a review of the story, giving your opinions about what you liked / didn't like.
  • Try to make a similar story where a child organises a surprise for somebody else, but there is a surprise for them at the end of the story.


There are lots of other lovely books you can read with an African theme. You could then write your own story.

Lila and the secret of rain



One day in our Blue Planet- The Savannah 



Sleep Well Siba and Saba 


Chicken in the Kitchen


If you want a longer book a good one to buy or borrow is The butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo


Non fiction work: Research the big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Create fact files.

Should people hunt these animals? Debate/discuss with family members.

Advertise a safari.Make a leaflet


The Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling tell stories of how animals became.  Watch and Listen to How the Elephant got its trunk 

or How the Leopard got its spots


Can you find any more?   Write your own story?  E.g How the zebra got its stripes.  How the Camel got its hump.



What are the morals to all of these stories?

There is a rich tradition throughout Africa of oral storytelling. ... Storytelling provides entertainment, develops the imagination, and teaches important lessons about every- day life.

This is  the story of Anansi and his 6 sons 


Time was, Anansi the Spider had six sons… The first son was called ‘See Trouble’. He had the gift of seeing trouble a long way off. Second son was ‘Road Builder’. Third son was ‘River Drinker’. The next son was ‘Game Skinner’. Another son was ‘Stone Thrower’. And the last of his sons was ‘Cushion’. He was very soft. One time, Anansi the Spider went a long way from home. He got lost. He fell into trouble. Back home was son ‘See Trouble’. “Father is in danger!” he cried. He knew it quickly and he told his brothers. Road Builder son said, “Follow me!” Off he went making a road. They went fast to help Anansi, those six spider-brothers. “Where is father now?” “Fish has swallowed him!” So River Drinker took a big drink. No more river. Then Game Skinner split open Fish and helped Anansi out. More trouble came, right then. Falcon took Anansi up into the sky. “Quick now, Stone Thrower!” Stone Thrower threw a stone. It hit Falcon. Anansi fell from the sky. Now Cushion ran to help his spider-father. Very soft, Anansi came down on top of Cushion. They were very happy again, that spider family. All home again that night, Anansi found a thing in the forest. A great globe of silver light. “O mysterious and beautiful! I shall give this to my son,” said Anansi. “To the son who rescued me!” But which of his six sons deserves the prize? “God, can you help me? O God!” called Anansi. Anansi asked God: “Please hold the beautiful globe of light until I know which son should have it for his own.” And so Anansi and his sons tried to decide which son deserved the prize. But they could not decide. So God took the beautiful white light up into the sky and kept it there for all to see. It is the moon. It is still there. It will always be there. It is there tonight. 


Can you retell the story of Anansi?  You could use actions for each of the sons.


What is the moral of the story?


Anansi the Spider stories are told widely in Ghana.  Anansi is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.

Watch Anansi the Spider stories

Anansi and Turtle go to Dinner  

Anansi and the melon

Anansi and the Tug of war

Anansi and the pot of beans

Anansi goes to lunch 

Anansi Part 1.mp4

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Anansi Part 2.mp4

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Anansi part 3.mp4

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Make a tom tom drum

Make a talking drum

Make a djembe drum

How to Make a Shekere (African Gourd or Bottle Shaker)



African drumming

Djembe patterns for beginners


Listen to Free Nelson Mandela by The Specials



SIng along to Jambo Bwana from The Lion King, we have sung this in school.  The lyrics are in Swahli.  Swahli is spoken in Kenya and Tanzania.  Jambo translates to hello.





In some parts of Ghana, it is difficult to access running water.  In these villages, they have made a tippy tap so that they can wash their hands.  Can you make a tippy tap?


Anansi the Spider stories are told widely in Ghana.  Anansi is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.

Make Anansi the Spider

Make a moving spider



Make Achi - a popular board game in Ghana


Design a new chocolate bar(more about Africa and Chocolate in the science section) Maybe you can even make your chocolate bar.


Fabric patterns, lookat Ghana in particular

Kente cloth

Kente cloth paper weaving


How to draw Anansi                       How to draw African animals


Ideas for Tinga Tinga art from Tanzania and mask making. These TingaTinga paintings are amazing and the masks.




Collect some fruits and vegetables into a basket and draw it. What colours / textures will you need to show?


For the hands above first take an A4 sheet of paper and draw lines across horizontally then add patterns to each row. Then draw around your hands onto the design and colour the pattern within the hand shape using bright colours.



Continent, countries

Africa is NOT a country it is a continent with many varied and different countries in it.


Let’s Explore Nigeria KS1 Bitesize

Label countries of Africa see map below

Africa facts Make up a fact file for an Africa Country or Africa the Continent

Look at the pictures on the powerpoint.  Is it Africa or not?

Ghana facts  Compare and contrast life in Ghana with life in Rural England.

Can you find out what is the meaning of the Ghana flag?


Explore Kakum National Park, Ghana.  What animals live there?


Learn about Maasai warriors, learn key vocab and craft ideas.

Explore South Africa in 360 degrees 



Habitats - Deserts.

Can you locate the deserts of the world? (see sheets below)

What animals live there?

How have they adapted to live in the desert?



How is chocolate made?


 Guardians of the Rainforest


‘Guardians of the Rainforest’  is about the cocoa farmers who are working together to protect the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The story is told by 14-year-old Beshey, whose family have been cocoa farmers for generations.


Find Sierra Leone on a map. Create a country fact file. Include: What is the capital city? What is the climate? What countries does it border? 


Grandmother Amie scares chimpanzees away from the farm with a drum. Design another forest-friendly way to stop animals from eating the cocoa! 


In the film we learnt that trees are important. They clean the air we breathe and provide homes for animals. Go for a walk with a grown up and see how many types of tree you can spot. You could take a paper and crayon to do some bark rubbings! 


Draw and label the crops that grow on Beshey’s family farm. Then, draw and label five fruits or vegetables that grow in our country. Why do different crops grow in different places?


Cocoa beans grow in hot countries, far away from the United Kingdom. Have a look in your food cupboards with an adult. Can you find any other foods that were grown in countries far away? Make a list of foods and the countries they come from.


Collect pebbles or rocks from outside. Paint them with things you might find in the rainforest. Remember to include a cocoa pod! 


Make a zig zag book about cocoa growing and harvesting. Draw and label one stage per page.


Create a collage, painting, drawing or model of a rainforest. Remember to include the trees, animals and people that live there! Hint: You could use a shoebox or cardboard box to make your rainforest. 


Design a poster for a forest friendly chocolate bar.



African animal Yoga

Play Ampe - a popular playground game in Ghana


Research South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019.


Research African football players in the Premier League.


Carry on learning french. African French (French: français africain) is the generic name of the varieties of a French language spoken by an estimated 430 million people in Africa spread across 29 francophone countries. ... Africa is thus the continent with the most French speakers in the world.


Can you find out the names for different fruits or African animals in a different language?


Count to 10 in Twi with Sylvia

Days of the week in Twi with Sylvia.mp4

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Counting to 10 in Twi with Sylvia (1).mp4

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Slave Trade Powerpoint and comprehension Upper KS2. Discuss with your family what you feel about the Slave Trade.


Nelson Mandela - research, reading comprehension, timeline of his life, using adjectives to describe Mandela.  



Should people be treated differently because of their skin colour?

The current Black Lives Matter campaigns across the world highlight the issues faced by people from the Black African and Minority Ethnic groups on a daily basis.

Racism in football


Why do we have different skin colours?


Same Difference - a story

Rosa Parks

Hair Like Mine

I am Human

I am enough

Skin like mine

Maggie's Chopsticks

When God made you

Dream big, little one


What is the moral of the story of Anansi and his sons?  How might the moon benefit the whole family?


Coding - Follow the instructions to make your own games in Free Code Gibbon in Purple Mash.

How many watermelons can Anansi eat in 10 seconds?

Make an African Quiz.