21 May 2021

Our topic of Minibeasts kicked off with a number of bugs and beasts taking up residence in our classroom! Meet Merv, the African Land Snail, Sid the garden spider, Curley, Larry and Mo the three stick insects and our bevvy of worms.

We have also been lucky to watch the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. The children have enjoyed having the opportunity to observe and care for them all! The children have enthusiastically searched for bugs in our nursery garden and have found loads which they excitedly share with each other and their teachers.

Our Literacy has been full of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books which have stirred the children to create their own minibeasts, role-play stories, retell stories, and make yummy treats. They’ve made beautiful sparkling spiderwebs with paint and glitter and a pom-pom spider after reading 'The Very Busy Spider' by Eric Carle.

They also made wiggly worms to help them retell the chant from 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson, and had a blast trying different fruit in their fruit salads after listening to the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. They’ve also retold the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and role-played the life cycle of a butterfly.

In Maths, the children have been revisiting aspects of 'Space, Shape and Measure' going on a shape hunt and making a 2D Shape Big Book of the different shapes that they found in their environment. They have also investigated long and short, measuring the length of different butterflies and caterpillars.

In PHSE, we have had discussions centred around how important it is to talk about worries after reading 'Ruby’s Worry' and how to deal with anger after reading 'Ravi’s Roar' by Tom Percival. We read 'Don’t be a Bully, Billy' by Phil Roxbee-Cox and talked about what to do and who to talk to if someone is mean to you.