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Autumn 1 - Wriggle and Crawl

Wriggle and Crawl


Over this term our topic will explore minibeasts in detail.  We will be looking at how to identify them and group them by key features.  We will also look at food chains and where animals get their energy from.  Building on prior learning we will expand knowledge of life cycles by looking at that of a bee.  We will also explore how minibeasts protect themselves from predators.  Our computing work is linked to our topic creating and debugging simple programs, using BeeBots.

Week 2 7-11th September  

It has been a busy week, with the children settling into their new timetables.  They have been working hard to remember prior learning and building on this with with new knowledge too.



This week we have used the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers to think about the world and the impact we have, this has been a whole school focus.  We used elements of the book each day to complete sentence starters that were then used to create an acrostic poem about Earth.  Throughout the week the children worked hard to remember the essential elements to write perfect sentences.  We will continue to reinforce this over the next few weeks.  

Next week we will begin using a new book that will be central to our English lessons. Our focus for the week will be on forming opinions and presenting an argument.  The children will be writing expanded noun phrases and using conjunctions to describe and compare.



For our first week looking at place value the children revisited working with numbers within 50, to ensure that they are secure with this before moving on to working with numbers up to 100 over the next few weeks.  The children have worked on recognising numbers in numerals and words, counting forwards and backwards and also exploring that two digit numbers can have tens and often some ones.  Over the week problems have been solved practically using equipment and answering a variety of questions, ensuring variance and an opportunity to reason.



This week the focus has been on habitats and survival.  The children revisited our Forest School area, this time identifying microhabitats.  The children have also thought about what humans need to survive and then applied this to what a minibeast needs to survive.  Geographic skills were used to look at and compare aerial photographs and maps.  The children practised their skills by adding a key to a map and then sketched their own map of the key places they found minibeasts on our bug hunt.

A fantastic range of bugs
Looking carefully
A minibeast microhabitat
Learning to dribble a ball
Dribbling a ball with control
Dribbling the ball through gates
Exploring patterns in the style of Rosalind Monks
Every space is filled with something different
The children worked very carefully
They will be using these techniques in further lessons




Week 1 3-4th September


The children have written an informal letter to the staff member in their who has not moved with them from year one.  The children were reminded about the key features of a perfect sentence.  We thought about what you can write in an informal letter.



The children were challenged with solving a 100 square jigsaw, using their knowledge of ordering numbers and patterns in numbers.  We will be looking at this in more detail over the coming weeks/



The children have been introduced to the topic.  They know that an invertebrate does not have a backbone and minibeasts are invertebrates.  

On a bug hunt in the school grounds a wide range of bugs were found in a range of habitats.  The children handled the bugs carefully and we have discovered that there is a wealth of wildlife living on our school grounds.  Next week we will be making maps of our route and looking in more depth at habitats.