Why do ladybirds have spots?
Incy wincy spider climbed up the waterspout! Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? It’s time to find out more about minibeasts and their habitats. Our topic buzzes into action on Tuesday 17th March where we will award the winners of our minibeast making competition.This half term, we are hoping to arrange a minibeast visit from an animal education company. Magnifying glasses clutched firmly in hands, we’ll look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wriggle, crawl or fly. We’ll find out about minibeast habitats, features and colours, and compare them. Observing snails in a tank, we’ll think about how they move. Can we move like that too? We’ll also move like ants, working together to collect and carry objects to move and rebuild a structure, piece by piece. To get to know these creepy crawlies better, we’ll care for and monitor our African snails, our minibeast hotel and a butterfly garden. Can we predict what will be these minibeasts’ favourite foods? In our literacy sessions, we will use sequential vocabulary to retell stories, and write a diary about a ladybird. In our mathematics sessions, we’ll double and halve ladybird spots and compare the lengths of caterpillars made from cubes, counters and beads. Getting creative, we will make leaf confetti, minibeast finger puppets, and learn to waggle dance like a bee. Our topic will finish with a bug ball week commencing 22nd June, further details will be sent out closer to the date and we hope to share this exciting event with you.
Help your child prepare for our topic
Help your child prepare for their project Minibeasts are marvellous! Why not visit your local pet shop together and take a look at some exotic minibeasts. Can you find out what countries they came from? You could also try worm charming in your garden. Put a large hoop on an area of earth, water the area with a watering can, and tap your fingers lightly on the ground. Can you entice any worms to the surface? Alternatively, read minibeast-themed stories together, such as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, to find out more about these incredible creatures.
Jigsaw is our whole school PSHE scheme. These are weekly whole class sessions that combine emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills, PSHE and spiritual development . These sessions enable our younger children to know and value who they are and how they relate to other people in our ever-changing world.The themes for the Summer term are Relationships and Changing Me. Relationships is all about family members and friendships at school and how we can be the best possible friend and family member.Changing Me involves talking about our body, what we can do to keep healthy and our hopes and fears as we move into our next school year.
In F2 the emphasis is on fluent reading as your child prepares for Year 1.Daily short reading sessions are so important and looking at key words that we post on our blog and send home will make all the difference. Fridays are book changing days, your child will receive 2 reading books, each child is expected to read 5 times per week at home and have this signed in their reading log. If your child does this, each week your child will be entered into a reading raffle and could win a fantastic prize. Other prizes are handed out within class and all children’s efforts are celebrated.
In F1 children are encouraged to use our lending library and take home books to share with adults at home.