At St Mary’s we offer a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interest of each individual child. We work in collaboration with parents and carers to ensure that every child is at the centre of the working partnership.
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter Break. We are really looking forward to all the fun activities and learning we will be doing in this final term. As always we base our learning on the children’s interests and next steps and our themes may change each week. Our theme for when we will return is;
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.
This half term, we’ll visit a local park to carry out a minibeast safari! 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 make and monitor a mini wormery, minibeast hotel and a butterfly garden. Can we predict what will be these minibeasts’ favourite foods? In our literacy sessions, we’ll use sequential vocabulary to retell stories, and write a story from the perspective of a spider. In our mathematics sessions, we’ll predict and count ladybird spots and compare the lengths of caterpillars made from cubes, counters and beads. Getting creative, we’ll make leaf confetti, minibeast finger puppets, and learn to waggle dance like a bee and much more.
This term we will continue to focus on sentence structure and look at how we form sentences and use interesting words. We will be writing our own minibeast fact-file and be reading; ‘What the Ladybird heard next.’ We will begin to understand story structure and write our own bug stories.
PHONICS: This term we will continue to learn Phase 4 initial and final clusters and revise all Phase 3 phonemes.
As well as Maths linked to our topic, we will be learning about doubling and halving, solving problems involving addition and subtraction. We will continue to practise counting and recognising numbers to 20, ordering them and finding missing numbers. The children will begin to learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
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.
If you have any questions or queries we are happy to help and you can catch us in the morning or at the end of the school day if it is a quick query. If it is a longer question please make an appointment at the office and we would be happy to arrange a convenient time to meet.
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Mrs Bettiss, Mrs Board, Mrs Clark