Learning All About Minibeasts
DT Day - Making a Wacky Races Car
Visit our DT page to see how the children got on with designing and making their Wacky Races Car
Time to Practice for Sports Day
We have been trying out for some of the aspects of Sports Day, and developing our general physical development skills by trying out the Sack Race, the Egg and Spoon Race and the Relay Race.
As part of our work on supporting children to write independently and use their phonics skills to write their chosen words, we have started Drawing Club.
Drawing Club requires the children to use a hook into simple drawing but they also need to add a code to their picture to make it do something magical. This week we are using Wacky Races cartoon as a stimuli as we will be following this through to create their own Wacky Races car by the end of the week in their DT. The aim of Drawing Club is to provide joy and fun through drawing and writing. The joy on the children's faces when we watched this episode was priceless!
Here is the episode we are using!
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
This book introduces children to another repeated phrase book, from a known author.
Yucky Worms by Vivian French
This factual book placed into a simple story introduces children to the world of the worm and what is inside its little body.
As part of our learning about minibeasts we explored the worm's body and how they moved. The children tried to move like a worm, without using their limbs, the children soon realised this was harder than they thought!
Did you know a worm has 5 pairs of hearts!!!!!
As part of our Spanish day we learnt how to do a special Spanish dance called a Flamenco dance. The children learnt how to do a downward and upward stomp as well as pretending to play the castanets and be a Matador!
We explored cubism by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and had a go at doing one ourselves, then we ate chorizo and churros!
Finally we made our own Spanish fan to practice our flamenco dancing at home with!
Drawing minibeasts while listening to classical music. The children all drew one of the insects they already knew or they watched the film with the classical music and drew one of the insects on here.
Facts about Minibeasts
The children have all been thinking about something they would like to know about a particular minibeast. We asked Siri our question then wrote this as an answer. We learnt some very interesting facts!
Music - The Flight of the Bumblebee
In music we have been exploring different types of music and how pitch and tempo can influence the way in which we move. To link with our minibeast learning, we listened to The Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and then pretended we were bumblebees moving to the music.
Key Literacy Text
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This lovely tale of a very hungry caterpillar introduces children to a simple representation of the butterfly's life cycle. It has lots of fabulous maths links in too, supporting children to count, subitise and predict.