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Literacy Activities:


This week we are going to continue our topic of minibeasts and we want you to start thinking about life cycles and habitats. Here are some stories that might be nice to look at during this week's learning. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar BSL - A very special video made by Alfie and his Mum.

This is the video of me signing the book story called the very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle. I hope this will make you joy the story even more! Best wish...

Monday - Let's research and plan...


Thinking about all the different minibeasts you saw, researched and wrote about last week, can you now think about where they live and roam?


Minibeasts make their homes in lots of places, both inside our homes (spiders) and outside under logs, stones or leaves, in ponds, in trees, in grassand in soil. Can you pick one, or maybe a few different minibeasts and research the kind of habitat they like to live in?

Then, we would like you to think about how you can make bugs feel welcome by designing your own bug hotel. Draw a picture and label your bug hotel ready for tomorrow when your task is to bring your bug hotel to life. 

As part of your planning you may want to think about:


1. What it will look like?

2. Who will live there?

3. A list of materials you will need (some from your junk modelling that you have been collecting and other natural items you can collect on your daily walk or from the garden). Remember to try and use materials that are friendly for the environment and the minbeasts! 

4. A name for your bug hotel. 


Here are some pictures that might help you to plan yours. 


Tuesday - bringing your bug hotel to life


Today is the day that you get to look back on your plan from yesterday, gather your resources and get busy making your bug hotel. 

Don't forget to make a little sign or some labels welcoming the bugs to the newly opened hotel. 

I can't wait to see some photos. I wonder who your first visitor will be? 


Challenge: Can you keep a record of the bugs that come and stay in your hotel?


Wednesday - the never ending cycle..


Watch one of the videos below showing the different life cycles. Can you then research a different creature and learn about their life cycle?


Discuss what you find out with a family member and try to explain the different stages that the creature you have chosen goes through. 


Butterfly: A Life | National Geographic

Great Migrations: Rhythm of Life: Check out the lifecycle of a mona...

The Stunning Life Cycle Of A Ladybug | The Dodo

This will change everything you thought you knew about ladybugs. Special thanks to TDtangents for sharing this amazing video with us:



Today, can you recap the life cycle you learnt about yesterday. Can you remember all of the stages in the correct order? I am sure you can! 

Can you make a model/picture/poster to show your understanding?

Challenge: Can you add some labels to explain what is happening in each stage of the cycle?


This activity was inspired by Lucie's lovely picture of the life cycle of a butterfly. I have put Lucie's photo along with some other photos below for some inspiration. 




Friday - VE Day 


Today is a special day, do you know why? Have a little chat with your grown up about why today is special and if you haven't already, check out Mrs Valle's bunting challenge to celebrate. 

Maths Activities: 


This week we will be practising subtracting to help us master this skill we have been developing throughout the year. 




Take a look at the Twinkl powerpoint that encourages children to take away. For each problem, see if you can find the answer before revealing it. 

Challenge: Can you record a number sentence for the sums in this powerpoint?

Tuesday - busy bees...


For today's activity can you start by drawing a big flower and making a number of little bees (the bees need to be movable). Put a number of bees on the flower and count them. Then, let some of your bees fly away. Find out how many left? 
























I started with 10 bees and then 2 flew away. I was left with 8. (10-2=8)


Challenge: Can you record a number sentence for your flower and bees?


Wednesday - Roll to zero...


This is a game which requires 2 or more players. Each player starts with the same number of items (can be anything, toys, pasta, pens etc). The players take it in turns to roll the dice and remove the same number of items as rolled on the dice. For example, if you roll a 3, you take 3 items away. The player that gets to zero first is the winner. 


Whilst playing this game, encourage your children to make the link that each time they are subtracting a number from the starting number. Model and encourage them to use mathematical language whilst playing. 

Enjoy and good luck! 


Thursday - Colouring Challenge 


Can you use your subtraction skills to help you colour in the butterfly? This butterfly is from Twinkl if you prefer to download your own version....



Challenge: Can you create your own minibeast subtraction puzzle to colour?


Friday - Mrs May's Challenge  


If you have not done so already, it might be a nice day to check out Mrs May's ladybird challenge.