Wriggle and Crawl
Put on your coat and wellies and let’s head outside on a minibeast hunt.
This term, we’ll head to a wetland or woodland to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems. Heading out into the local area, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own. We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. Our ICT skills will help us create a minibeast animation and we’ll observe a beehive through live webcam footage.
A special assembly at the end of our project will give us the chance to share our knowledge. We’ll create a PowerPoint presentation, use scientific vocabulary to explain what we have learnt, display our artwork and perform our minibeast poems with musical accompaniment.
On Friday 6 March we are going to Kenton Recreation Ground. You can view the letter here.
During this project some of the things we will try to cover will be:
|Reading||Read with partners and teachers.
Practise using our phonics to read unfamiliar words.
Use the context and/or a dictionary to find out the meaning of words.
Practise finding the clues in the text.
Explain how characters might feel and why.
Children will change their books on a weekly basis. They will take home two books every week.
|Spelling/ Phonics||Investigate the spelling patterns of the following sounds:
|Capital letters and full stops (using them consistently).
Recognise and use: adverbs, apostrophes for contraction, past and present tense, subordination and co-ordination correctly, use commas in a list, question marks and exclamation marks.
Recognise and use past and present tense.
|Study the following genres:
– Writing instructions
– Adventure Stories
Focus on editing and improving.
|Learning a French poem
All Phonic Phase 2
Describing animals and their habitats
|Mental multiplication and division
Fractions, ratio and proportion
Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
Number and Place Value
Mental addition and subtraction
|Science||Habitats; Animals; Performing simple tests; Gathering and recording data; Observing and deducing answers;|
|Creating and debugging simple programs; Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
Using technology to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve content
Recognise the use of technology beyond school
|Art and Design||Draw detailed sketches of collected minibeasts using pen or pencil.
Looking at patterns and colours.
|Work alone to create an ant out of pipe cleaners, egg boxes and other materials:
Use their knowledge of camouflage and warning colours to design and make a
3-D model of a minibeast
|PSHE/ Citizenship||Discuss the following topics:
– Making the right decision
– Understand what we like and dislike
– Working and communicating with others (offering support, discussing).
Help your child prepare for their project
Minibeasts are fascinating. Why not have a minibeast hunt around your local area? Look out for different minibeasts, take
close-up photos and use an app or spotting book to identify any unknown creatures. Alternatively, visit a local museum to
see if they have any insect specimens on display. Huge moths, colourful butterflies and armoured beetles are all amazing
to see. You could also invent minibeasts of your own. Draw, paint or make models of new minibeasts, then give them a
name and describe their special features.
Muck, Mess and Mixtures