‘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.
- 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
- Guided reading sessions – looking at non-fiction and fiction animal and minibeast texts (including books about the life of a minibeast, how to look after chicks etc)
- Phonics/Writing – applying all the sounds we have learnt to write increasingly complex sentences.
- Reading and writing words of more than one syllable.
- Using high frequency and tricky common words in our sentences
- Creating alternative endings to stories using key story language ‘first, next suddenly’
Tadpoles Promise, Growing Frogs, The Hungry Caterpillar, Caterpillar Butterfly, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, The Paradise Garden, Bog Baby and Wild.
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.
- healthy life and food choices
- 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
- Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
- Small addition and subtraction facts
- Doubling, halving and sharing
- Making tally charts or graphs of favourite bugs
- Prepositions – up, down, underneath, left, right
- Explore symmetry and shapes in the natural world
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, butterflies and tadpoles.
- Identify a variety of minibeasts similarities and differences. 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 collaborative 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
- Use musical instruments to enliven the retelling of a story.
Early Years Bug Day will be Tuesday 23rd May. Please encourage your child to come to school dressed as a bug. A simple headband would be great.