Reception Round-up: Minibeast Week

Last week Henerietta delivered the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside’, by Julia Donaldson, and Bertie the Bee left Reception Class the rhyme, ‘Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home’ in his garden. The children soon discovered they were going to be learning about some new topics: ‘Fun at the Seaside!’ and ‘Living things in their Habitats’, so last Monday they started with a minibeast hunt around the school grounds. There were lots of bees around the flowers and the children soon realised that they needed to look underneath leaves and stones to find other little creatures hiding in the cool, dark places. They found a lot of woodlice, but they also found a poorly butterfly. However, with the help of a spoonful of sugary water it was soon revived and flew off!

Back in class the children enjoyed finding out more about bugs and explored a range of activities linked to minibeasts. They used the watercolours to paint pictures, made homes for bugs in the construction area, enjoyed counting the plastic bugs and also continued hunting for them in the outdoor classroom.

On Friday Reception finished the week by attending a Music Festival. They travelled to Badsey First School on a coach, to join six other local schools to sing, dance, draw, move, make music and have fun; all based around the theme of pirates and the sea. They had an amazing time and learned lots of new songs that they can now sing in school. The children thoroughly enjoyed dancing the pirate conga to round off the morning!

In their Art lesson they started to look at mouldable materials and explored clay, plasticine and play dough and what they could do with them. The children made ‘crazy minibeasts’, whilst exploring lots of different techniques, such as pinching, pulling, twisting, burrowing, bending and pushing. 

Another very busy, but exciting, week of learning. Well done Reception!

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