I hope you all had a well-deserved half term break from home schooling and enjoyed some family time together!
Welcome back to our remote home learning page for Term 4. I can’t believe we are this far into the school year already. This term our new topic is ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’ Its all about minibeasts and creatures, creating fun crafts and learning to care for nature and our environment.
Please continue to send your work to us each day, so we can provide any feedback and see how hard you are working! Its always lovely to receive your learning and see how well you are all doing.
Our daily outline of what your day will look like today:
Phonics – You will receive a day and time for our new online live sessions.
Maths task: This week out focus for Maths will be focusing on length and height.
The children will begin by using language to describe length and height, e.g. the tree is tall, the pencil is short. When making direct comparisons, they may initially say something is bigger than something else. Encourage them to use more specific mathematical vocabulary relating to length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), and breadth (wider, narrower).
1. For your activity today, watch my video below before you start. You will then need to make a paper ‘footprint’. You will need to draw around your foot and cut it out to create your ‘footprint’.
2. Then can you find items which are longer than your foot, shorter, about the same size?
3. Can you create a family of ‘footprints’ by drawing about them and cutting them out to create a footprint tower in size order by making direct comparisons? Who has the longest foot? Who has the shortest foot?
Check out the document below and complete the comprehension sheet. You will need to sound out the sentence and add to the picture to check your understanding of what you have read.
Topic task: Memorable experience and minibeast hotel
1. Memorable experience
Visit a local park, woodland or garden to carry out a minibeast safari.
Your job today is to search for minibeasts that wriggle, crawl, or fly, looking under logs, leaves, stones and in leaf litter. If you have any gardening tools, take theses to dig in the soil and torches to investigate the nooks and crannies of trees.
Show them how to gently shake tree branches over a white cloth to catch minibeasts hiding there. Look carefully at the creatures using small magnifying glasses and take photographs of them before returning them to the wild.
Check out the ‘Minibeast safari spotting sheet’ to tick off all the creatures you find on your travels. Also collect samples of things that grow in the natural environment, such as wildflowers, sticks, leaves, pine cones and stones.
Questions to ask your child during the minibeast safari:
Where do minibeasts live?
How do minibeasts move?
Would you like to live under a log?
Why do minibeasts hide?
Which animals might eat minibeasts?
What do minibeasts need to live?
Why do ladybirds have spots?
2. Minibeast hotel
Using the natural materials collected from your ‘minibeast safari’ and a range of man-made items, such as bricks with holes in, wooden boxes or small wooden planks, flowerpots, guttering, drinking straws, netting and string. Create a minibeast hotel in your garden to encourage minibeasts to come and visit your hotel. Create and display a sign that says, ‘Welcome to The Minibeast Hotel!’
As part of our EYFS Curriculum the children would access a range of choosing activities and learn together and individually through play. I have set some options for you to choose from below. These do not all need to be completed and can be more independent for your child to complete and play maybe even alongside a sibling.
1. Investigation maths task: Using pots, soil and seeds plant some flowers. Watch them get taller and find ways to measure, compare and record the height of their plants as they grow. You could always use plants that are already grown in your garden and compare their height, recording the different measurements.
2. Creative task: Ask the children to create their own minibeast collages using textured materials. Collect pictures of butterflies, caterpillars and moths for inspiration. Create a display of ‘feely’ minibeasts for children to touch.