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Summer Term 1 - Minibeast Mayhem!

British Heritage Day - Monday 25th April

Today we came back to a whole school curriculum enrichment day - National Heritage Day. The British Value was 'treasuring your nation'.

The children all dressed up - they looked fantastic!

In the morning we learnt about the United Kingdom. We used atlases and a globe to find where the United Kingdom is and to learn about the four countries that make up the UK. We then learnt about landmarks. We learnt what a landmark is. We looked at some pictures of famous landmarks around the world and found them on our globe. We then learnt about a few British Landmarks. The Reception children created their own landmarks. Take a look at the pictures below.

In the afternoon, KS1 learnt about some inventions that have changed the way we live.

National Heritage Day

Minibeast Mayhem - focus stories

We will be using the following stories as a focus for our work in English. These lovely books are linked to our minibeast topic. 

We have already read 'The King of the Tiny Things'. We will be sharing our new story 'Bog Baby' during the week beginning 16th May.

 

We're going on a minibeast hunt!

Last week, we started off our topic of 'Minibeast Mayhem!' by going on a hunt for minibeasts within our school grounds. In science we are learning about microhabitats. We have learnt that a microhabitat is a tiny home for animals and plants. For example: within a woodland habitat, a microhabitat might be 'under a log'. Here we might find mushrooms and woodlice. We have also learnt what a minibeast is. It is a small animal without a backbone (e.g. insects, worms, snails, slugs etc)

Take a look at the photos below, showing our minibeast hunts.

Minibeast Construction Site (04.05.2022)

Today we built our minibeast houses. We have been busy learning about different minibeasts and what they need to survive and thrive. We designed minibeast houses for worms, ants, woodlice and spiders. Using these designs we have constructed a minibeast 'housing estate' in our school grounds.

Thank you so much for your support, bringing items in at late notice! Look at what we managed to build!

 

Butterfly Life Cycle

Last Wednesday, we had an exciting arrival to the class! 

We have a jar of caterpillars! Over the next few weeks we will be watching them carefully as they grow and develop into butterflies. We have been learning how to care for them (we need to keep them nice and still and at a temperature of around 24 degrees celsius). 

Below are some pictures of the caterpillars as they arrived. They were very small and quite inactive. They are already much bigger! More photos to follow, as they grow.

Our caterpillars when they first arrived

Our caterpillars have turned into chrysalides. Now they are ready to move into the butterfly habitat.

Some of the butterflies have emerged from their chrysalides!

Feeding our butterflies

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