This term, we began our Mini-beast topic. We read the book 'Mad about Minibeasts' and made a hat of our favourite mini-beast. We wore these hats at our Ugly Bug Ball, where we did lots of mini-beast related activities including decorating a biscuit with a mini-beast. Following this we focused on caterpillars/ butterflies with the arrival of the baby caterpillars in class, spiders and ladybirds. We have been learning lots of facts about mini-beasts, how to care for them and about life-cycles.
We have begun discussing and exploring plants and growing through the Jack and the Beanstalk story. We have planted our own beans and they were just beginning to sprout when we broke up for half term. Hopefully they will thrive over the half term in the sun and rain.
In maths we have been ordering and counting forwards and backwards from 0-20, then counting to 100! We practised our number formation, ensuring that we are writing numbers the right way round. We explored doubling and halving through spots on ladybirds and sharing in a problem solving activity. We also counted in 2s, 5s and 10s and have learnt how to add and subtract using a number line.
We have been discussing the names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes and measuring objects using cubes, finding out the longest and shortest objects.
We have read a range of fiction, non-fiction and poems about mini-beasts including Aaargh Spider! and What the ladybird heard. We have written about the life-cycle of a butterfly, instructions how to plant a bean and the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and Jack and the Beanstalk in our own words. We are getting really good at using our phonics knowledge to write sentences, remembering spaces, capital letters and full stops.
Phonics (reading and writing)
In phonics we continued learning to read and write simple sentences including 2-syllable words. We have also been practising to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.
We have learnt some new tricky words this term: said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what and how to spell the tricky words we already know.
In PE our focus was team games, object control and athletics, ready for sports day. We also enjoyed using movement to recreate the butterfly life-cycle.
In PSHE we explored friendships and relationships. We also enjoyed celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, making crowns, dressing up and enjoying a royal wedding lunch and wedding cake.