Do Penguins Fly?

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Comedy, Nature

Do penguins fly... and most importantly, can someone bring proof that they do?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters in the story.
  • There is a flying whale at the end of the animation. Can you plan / write a sequel about this?
  • Write a newspaper article about sightings of flying penguins.
  • Create a persuasive advert to encourage people to see some amazing flying penguins.
  • Imagine that animals can do unusual things, but they don’t want humans to see their abilities. Could you plan a new story about this?
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the photographer.
  • Carry out some role play activities and ask the ‘penguins’ why they don’t want their flying skills to be caught on camera.
  • What is proof? Why do we need proof sometimes?


  • Use different reference sources to find out about penguins and create a report about them.
  • Can you find out why penguins can’t fly?
  • If penguins really could fly, how would their lives be different?
  • The photographer gets incredibly cold. Can you find out about different materials / clothing that he could wear to keep warm?


  • Create a stop-motion animation about a flying penguin superhero.
  • Can you use image editing software to create some realistic photos of flying penguins?
  • Use digital cameras to create your own photographs of wildlife. Can you use the different features of the camera (e.g. macro / zoom / flash)?

Design Technology

  • Can you find out how a camera works?
  • Create some labelled diagrams showing the different parts of a camera.


  • Look at photos of penguins and use these as the starting point for your own pictures.
  • Create a storyboard for a new animation about flying penguins.


  • Compose a soundtrack for this animation.


  • Where in the world is this story set? How do you know?


  • Describe the expressions of the characters at different points in the animation.


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