This week we would like you to explore the world of minibeasts! Do you have any books at home about bugs? It might be nice to start your week by reading one of them! Here are some videos online that you may enjoy too...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rDQN8I7RkY (Mad about Minibeasts)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6HKKXuzOlk (Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!)
There is also a huge bank of resources, videos and activities under the topic 'Minibeasts' on Espresso which you could use to inspire, support and teach your children. They are under both the Foundation section and the Key Stage 1 Section.
https://central.espresso.co.uk (The username is : student17378
The password is : teresa)
Monday - Let's go on a bug hunt...
Whilst you are outside today, either in your garden or on your daily walk, try to take some time to look for the small creatures around you. You may want to keep a record of what you see, for example you could take photos of them or draw pictures of the creatures you see.
Challenge: When you get home, make a list of all the minibeasts you spotted. This could be in any format you like (pictures with labels, written, photos etc).
Tuesday - Your favourite bug...
What was your favourite bug that you saw yesterday? Can you draw/paint a picture of it and write a few facts down about the bug you choose to share with the rest of the class. It might be nice to know where they sleep or what they eat for example. Some of these things you may already know and other facts you may have to research. I am looking forward to learning more about minibeasts.
Wednesday - Getting Creative...
Can you make a model of a minibeast? You can use any craft supplies you have at home or junk modelling. This activity was inspired by Keira's lovely model spider...
Thursday - Questions and Curiosities...
How much do you know about different insects and bugs? At the start of the year, you taught me lots about Bees from the research you did for homework. I was fascinated by lots of your facts (how many eyes bees have and how fast they flap their wings!).
Today I want you to find out something that fascinates you. Pick an insect and research it to find out a fascinating fact. Present your fascinating fact in any way you like but try to include some writing. This could be a model, a poster, a fact file, news paper article etc, you decide!
A useful website for fun facts...
Friday - A Day in the Life of a Bug...
Writing Challenge: If you could be any bug in the whole world for just one day, what would you be and why? What do you think you would do in that day?
Preparation for next week - we will be continuing this topic next week. Over the weekend please try to keep some of your recycling for an activity task that will be set next week.
We are back to practising our addition this week (Subtraction will follow next week). We are going to try and keep it within the theme of minibeasts to keep the children motivated.
Start by looking at this book together...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmUY5bXkVKQ (How many Legs?)
Were you able to count on and keep up? It get's very tricky!
Whilst on your bug hunt today, think about how many legs in total you will be seeing? Try to add them up and count on as you go along.
For example, if you see a ladybird first, you will start with 6 legs. If you then see a spider, you will have to add 8 legs, a worm with 0 legs or a slug with 1 leg/foot. How many legs in total?
You may have to do some research if you are unsure how many legs each bug have. Can you make a number sentence for your addition?
In maths I love to use ladybirds to help me with my adding. Today, I would like you to get creative and draw/paint/make some ladybirds. Use your ladybird's spots for your adding. You can either add up the spots on each side of your ladybird or you can add up the spots of two of your ladybirds to find the total.
It is time to get crafty again, for this activity you will need to make some little bugs to help you with your adding.
Using either playdough, paper, craft materials or junk modelling (a cereal box will be absolutely fine), draw and cut out some little bugs and two big leaves. Put some bugs on one leaf and some on the other - find the total number of bugs on the leaves. Change the number on each leaf every time.
When I spoke to Mrs Valle yesterday, she told me that she loves to make butterflies to help her with her adding. She sometimes uses paper (could be a newspaper) and paint and other times she cuts a potato in half, paints it and uses that to make a butterfly. Once she has the outline, she puts some lovely patterns on one of the wings and then on the other. Finally, she adds all the patterns on both wings to find the total number of patterns.
Do you think you could try Mrs Valle's challenge?
This reminded me of the song you sing with Mrs Valle in French about the butterfly. I have found a video so you can teach your family. Scroll right to the bottom of this page to find it.
Can you take a closer look at this picture and count how many of each bug you can see. I spotted 4 ants for example. How many can you see?
Once you have counted each bug, why not find the total of some of them together...
*Can you add the worms and the ants?
*Can you add the snails and the spiders?
*Can you add the centipedes and the grasshoppers?
Challenge: Can you pick two bugs of your choice and make your own sums for someone in your family to do?
Challenge Number 2: Can you draw your own picture with lots of different bugs and create some number sentences to go along with it?