Bellenden Nursery Topic Web: Summer 2017
‘Mini-beasts and Bugs’
Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL)
The children will encouraged to show awareness of the listener when recounting experiences and events. They will be supported in finding ways to justify their responses to questions posed to them and use a range of vocabulary in imaginative ways to add information.
We will children will be supported in showing mutual respect and tolerance when listening to others shared experiences and their customs.
- Phonics – looking at letter sounds and relating them to bugs – practising writing these letters
- Guided reading sessions – looking at non-fiction and fiction animal and farming texts (including books about animals growing, how to look after animals etc)
- Labelling bugs and other objects found in the garden
- Listening to a variety of books linked to the topic
- Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
- Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
- Questions why things happen and give explanations; who, what, when and how
Tadpoles promise, The hungry caterpillar, Caterpillar butterfly, There was an old women who swallowed a fly’ The bad tempered ladybird, Wolves, Into the forest, The paradise garden (Also other bug/minibeast related books).
Physical development (PD)
We will be learning lots of different action songs that allow the children to dance and move around like an animal would.
Here the children will learn about sportsmanship and fair play and working as a team.
- Create sequences to show how an animal moves
Using the environment around us the children will continue with investigating maths problems
We will be involved in activities such as counting different objects.
- Counting different groups of bugs/minibeasts
- Small addition and subtraction facts
- Making tally charts or graphs of favourite bugs
- Patterns in Nature – stripes, spots
- Prepositions – up, down, underneath, left, right
- Explore symmetry
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- discuss how we can care for chicks , butterflies minibeasts both inside and outside the classroom
- discuss why some people are frightened of minibeasts
- empathise with the friendly ladybird. Discuss consequences of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybirds’ behaviour and relate to their own experiences
- circle time to discuss fears of certain minibeasts
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
We will use the following activities to learn about bugs:
- Explore the school garden
- Investigating plants using microscopes
- Looking at the life cycle of chicks and tadpoles.
- Identify a variety of minibeasts – how many legs do they have? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they move?
- Go on a minibeast hunt around school
RE – ‘show and Tell’ culture, family traditions and artefacts
The children will learn how to reflect on and develop their ideas in drawing. We will look at lines, form, shape and texture with a purpose lined with their decision making processes.
- design and make bug headbands
- make a minibeast mobile using collage and natural materials
- design and make a home for a particular minibeast
- make a ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ large canvas
- create a ‘minibeast’ of their choice using modroc
- paint and decorate our modroc models *minibeast arts and crafts
- exploring watercolours and matching with fallen leaves and petals
Early Years Bug Day date to be confirmed