Our topic this term was 'It's a Bugs Life'. We started off in Maths where we finished last term, looking at patterns. We noticed that a Ladybird has a spotty pattern and a Bee has a stripy pattern. We also made butterflies painting one side of the paper and folding it over to make a symmetrical pattern.
Following CPD training on 'word aware 2'. We have introduced the children to 'concept cat' who will be helping us to learn our concepts such as big, little, in, on, under, etc. Here are the children with Concept Cat showing him the heavy cup. The children felt the weight of similar objects and had to find which one was heavy. The children were then able to apply this learning in our environment and used the word heavy to describe items that they found.
One of our favourite texts this term as been the story of The Very Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn. The children enjoyed copying the actions of the different animals the lazy ladybird encountered along the way. They were delighted at the end when the lady bird learned to fly when the elephant sneezed and she flew off his truck.
In phonics we have been trying really hard with general sound discrimination - body percussion. One of our favourite activities is Noisy Neighbour and we are getting really good at listening and remembering sounds. Nursery rhymes still feature as one of our main phonic activities and the children have enjoyed 'Incy, Wincy Spider', singing along, joining in with the actions and completing the rhyming string filling in the missing word.
To celebrate the end of our topic, on our last day of term we hosted our annual 'Ugly Bug Ball'. The children looked fantastic in their outfits, dressed up as minibeasts. We sang and danced to the ugly bug parade and had a creepy crawly time drinking beetle juice (black-current) and eating bugs like the speckled frogs (raisin's) yum, yum!