What a busy term! We have been looking at ‘What lives in my garden’ we started by having a good look around our own school garden and outdoor area. Armed with magnifying glasses and a data sheet we embarked on a minibeast hunt and found many different creatures.
Later in the term, we visited the pond area and discovered a family of newts had taken residence in our garden pond! We learnt what a habitat is and found so many different ones around our school. There was even evidence that something lives on stinging nettles, as there were nibble holes in there. We went back and found out they are caterpillar munch holes!
In Literacy, we looked at a range of information books also known as non-fiction texts and discovered that they have a contents page. We learnt how to navigate around the book using it so we don’t have to read those types of books from the start to the end!
We have used many Eric Carle books in our Literacy lessons and discovered through our creative activities that he illustrates his books using mixed media and collage. We created our own minibeast illustration in the style of Eric Carle using tissue paper. We also created our own story maps and then used them to record ourselves retelling the story using the tablets.
As part of our Understanding of the World focus we have been lucky enough to observe close up the life cycle of the butterfly starting with the eggs, caterpillars, watching them spin their cacoon and then waiting for them to emerge as butterflies.
Throughout the term, we have made models of our favourite mini-beasts using a whole range of materials including playdough clay and pebbles. We have used acrylic paint as well as normal water-based paint and developed our fine motor skills, using different tools and techniques to join materials together.
In maths, we have been looking at the composition of teen numbers and using many different manipulatives to see how many different ways we can make the numbers.
Our role-play has been a vets/pet shop this term and it has been so busy! Here the children have been developing their communication, literacy and maths skills in such a fun and interactive way!