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Term 5 - Why do ladybirds have spots?

Week 3


Tuesday 4th-Friday 7th May


Makaton this week was: worm

Next week in: May




In maths this week we have moved onto something new - money. The children have explored the concept of money and what we used it for and also learnt the different kids of money including: 

- coins

- notes

- credit/debit cards


The children really enjoyed looking at the different coins and have worked hard learning the names for these. They have then put this into practise pretending to buy priced items from a shop with the correct coins.


We have continued our topic of "Why do ladybirds have spots?" focusing on a particular famous book about minibeasts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children enjoyed learning the story with the story sack, sorting the healthy and unhealthy foods that the caterpillar ate and writing a list of the foods. The children have enjoyed learning this story alongside watching our very own real life caterpillars grow in the classroom, we are hoping they go into their cocoons soon!

Exploring time activities:


Our literacy text recently has been Yucky Worms by Vivian French. The children have become wormologists whilst learning the story and learned how important worms can be and not to be afraid of them. The children have thought a lot about how worms move and replicated this with their own bodies.


Next week:

Maths - Revisiting Capacity

Topic - Learning the features of different minibeasts

CLPE - Writing thank you letters to the unappreciated worms.

Week 2 26th-30th April

Makaton sign last week: April

Makaton sign this week: worm




We have continued with our topic this term of ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?' We have read lots of stories about mini beasts including: ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘Spinderella’. The children have enjoyed watching the class caterpillars get bigger and have been writing about the changes that we have seen. We have also created our own bug hotels in the school using natural materials. I wonder which bugs we will see living in our hotel?



This week we focused on odd and even numbers. The children looked at what a pair is and have been investigating to see which numbers are odd and which are even. We have been using numicon and tens frames to help us do this. We have also been looking for patterns in the numbers.

Phonics and Literacy

We have continued to work in our groups for Phonics and have been looking at the ‘Yucky Worms’ Story. The children have learnt facts about worms and have been amazed at how they help plants grow. We have also been asking questions about worms such as ‘How long do worms grow?’.


Next week:

Maths: An introduction to money, looking at coins and counting them.

Literacy: Continue to look at the ‘Yucky Worms’ story.

Topic: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Story.

Week 1


Monday 19th - Friday 23rd April


Makaton sign next week is: April




With the start of a new term we have started a new topic all about bugs, insects and minibeasts: 'Why do ladybirds have spots?'

We have engaged the children in the topic by first of all going on a bug hunt around the school grounds and examining these closely.

The classroom has also gained some new visitors including worms from our own school garden which are in our wormery and also some caterpillars that we watch change into butterflies!


To tie in with our topic, we have started a new story called Yucky Worms by Vivian French. So we have thought carefully about the illustrations and also discussed our opinions on whether we think worms are yucky or not!


In maths this week, we have revisited subtraction with a focus on using the 'counting back method'. This includes starting on the first number and finding the answer by jumping back the amount we are subtracting. The children have used a variety of resources to do this including numberlines, tens frames and Numicon. 

Next week:

Maths: We will introduce the children to odd and even numbers to 10 and what this means when completing number problems.

Topic: We will look into more detail about caterpillars and other minibeasts and their features.

Literacy: We will begin looking at the story of Yucky Worms.