# Term 4

This term we will be basing our learning all around minibeasts!

Our class texts will be 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, 'AAARRRGGHH Spider!' by Lydia Monks and 'Yucky Worms' by Vivian French. We will also be exploring lots of non-fiction texts about minibeasts, animals and habitats and we will enjoy the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We will be observing seasonal changes that happen during spring time, building our own bug hotels, learning about life cycles and looking after our very own class caterpillars! We will also be planting and taking care of flowers in our garden and growing our own cress.

In maths, we will continue with addition work, using manipulatives. We will focus on number bonds to 10, comparing numbers and amounts, measuring objects and we will explore 3D shapes.

In phonics this term, there will be no new graphemes/ phonemes or tricky words.  We will be revising our phase 3 sounds and working on blending and segmenting longer words and words with 'ing' 's' and 'es' endings. We will also be working on sequencing words to build sentences, blending to read sentences (and comprehension skills) and segmenting to write our own simple sentences, at first with dictation and then moving on to using our own ideas. We will continue to develop our letter formation, working on both lower case and upper case letters.

Take a look at our medium term plan below, to find out more about our learning this term.

Our class texts this term...

Pancake Day! Yum Yum!

KCSP Science Day

We learnt about the different types of nests which birds build. We discussed the types of materials which would be suitable to build a nest with and considered which materials would be comfortable and warm for the eggs/ chicks, but also which would be strong enough when faced with wind and rain. We built our own nests, then tested them out using a hairdryer! We then shared our learning with other schools via zoom. Lots of learning and fun had!

We went on a minibeast hunt!

We made a bug hotel!

We made our very own bug hotel using recycled and natural materials. We are very much looking forward to observing the minibeasts that visit during the spring and summer months. We will be continuing to develop our new nature garden over the next two terms and will planting flowers, herbs and veggies to attract lots of wonderful wildlife and make it smell and look beautiful! Keep a look out for photos!

## We drew and labelled the parts of a plant, then wrote a fact that we have learnt this term.

Rosh HaShanah

We learnt about Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year. We learnt that Rosh HaShanah commemorates the creation of the world and is a time for asking for forgiveness of sins. Jewish people celebrate this special time by eating symbolic foods such as bread and apples, which are dipped into honey. The honey represents a 'sweet' new year ahead. We observed some close up photographs of bees, then each painted a bee to display in our classroom. This tied in nicely with our minibeast topic too! We explored some real honeycomb from a bee hive and tried apples and bread dipped in honey

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