Wriggle and Crawl
Grab your coat and pooter-we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!
Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.
Then set up your own minibeast laboratory and observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask your own research questions-just like a real entomologist!
Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey.
Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly…urgh!
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to Wriggle and Crawl.
Lists and leaflets, instructions, reviews and information books, poetry, writing for different purposes
Living things and their habitats, animals including humans, working scientifically
Art and Design
Observational drawing, model making
D and T
Origins of food, selecting natural materials
Play tuned and untuned instruments
Revision and test skills-arithmetic, shape, measure, data handling
Athletics and rounders
Community and belonging
Home Learning Ideas
Go on a minibeast safari with your family. Investigate your garden, local park or woodland to search for wriggly and crawly creatures! Take photos or draw any minibeasts you find, then use your knowledge to identify them. Create a graph to show how many of each minibeast you find, and identify the most popular habitats.
Visit your local library and find stories, poems and non-fiction books about minibeasts.
Write a review of your favourite book and display it at school, on the school website or even in the library.
Use the web to research a weird and wonderful minibeast. Perhaps find out about the Borneo walking stick or the Goliath beetle. Make a poster to display amazing facts that you can show your friends at school.
Watch Antz, A Bug’s Life or Epic with your family. Make a comic strip that shows part of the film or write a review and include a star rating.
Write a list of adjectives to describe what spiders look like and a list of verbs to describe what spiders do. Use the lists to write six facts about spiders and make up a story about a spidery adventure.
Create a table to collect information about minibeasts, including their name, body parts, legs and wings. Identify whether or not each minibeast is an insect.
Create a minibeast word search containing all the minibeast names you have learnt. Give it to your family and friends to solve!
Download and print a large image of an insect and label each body part.
Make a non-fiction book about minibeasts. Include a title, headings, a contents page, an index, downloaded images and drawings.
Make a minibeast game. Allocate each body part a number: head = 6, body = 5, leg = 4, antennae = 3, eye = 2, mouth = 1. Take it in turns to throw the dice and collect the part of the body that corresponds to the number. The winner is the person who builds the beetle first.
Read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, then write a description of the main characters.
Write a letter to Miss Muffet and explain why she shouldn’t be scared of spiders. Look for information online and in non-fiction books to support your ideas.
Remember to read five times a week and record when your child has read in their reading record book. Please question the children about what they have read to test their understanding. Ask them the meaning of new or unfamiliar vocabulary to enable them to make meaning of what they read.
Spellings will be tested every Monday so remember to practise spellings at home and remind the children about the spelling rule being tested.
Times table will be tested every Tuesday, look in the homework book to see which ones to learn.
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