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Welcome to EYFS

Our topic this half term is:

Why do Ladybirds have spots?


During this topic we are learning about;

. Mini-beasts in the local environment

.Growth and change

This half term we will visit our outdoor classroom to take part in a mini beast safari. Magnifying glasses in hand, we will look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wiggle, crawl and fly. We will find out about mini beast habitats, features and colours, and compare them. Observing snails in a tank, we will think about how they move. Can we move like that to? We will also move like ants, working together to collect and carry objects to move and rebuild a structure, piece by piece. To get to know creepy crawlies better, we will make and monitor a wormery, mini beast hotel and butterfly garden. Can we predict what will be these mini beasts’ favourite foods? In our literacy lesson, we will use sequential vocabulary to retell stories, and write a story from the prospective of a spider. In maths sessions we will predict and count ladybird spots, compare lengths of caterpillars with cubes, counters and beads. Getting creative we will make leaf confetti, mini beasts and learn to wiggle like a bee. At the end of the project we will have a ‘Bugs Ball’ and dress up like insects. What will you dress up as?

 Why do Ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? We will explore these questions and more during our project about mini-beasts and their habitats.


We will have the opportunity to listen to the stories being read. We can then act out the stories using characters and other resources to bring them to life.

                                       Nursery will be reading: There was an old woman who swallowed a fly

Reception will be reading: The bad tempered ladybird

‘Talk for Writing’, is the time when we really think about the contents, characters, settings and language within a book. We choose books which are linked to our topic.

Discover more about how we will teach the topic by reading our newsletter.


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