Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Life Cycles and Minibeasts

If you read our spring learning plans you will know that we have been basing our learning around life cycles and minibeasts recently.

As usual when starting to look at a topic the first thing I did was browse Twinkl  for some themed worksheets to print out, they have a huge range of life cycle and minibeast resources for all ages and stages.  I then moved onto Pinterest for some inspiratio creating my own minibeast board.
We also headed to the library and chose a couple of books about lifecycles and minibeasts, I love using the library for topic books it is a great way to get the boys looking at non fiction and also searching for books themselves. I really recommend Fabulous First Facts if you have preschool to reception age children, the facts were easy to understand and remember and Seb(age 5) was able to to read it himself.

We looked at the life cycles of sunflowers (as well as planting them among other things), chickens and frogs. I over the life cycle worksheets from Twinkl, they are simple and effective. I would love to see more added. I got Sebastian to label his. We looked at photos of eggs hatching into chicks, went hunting for frog spawn and looked after our growing sunflowers.

We then moved onto minibeasts it is quite a natural move as we looked at their lifecycles as well. From our books we learnt what a minibeast is, then using some worksheets we looked where various minibeasts lived and did some minibeast classification (they loved this) and Seb did some maths and literacy work.

I let the boys choose which minibeasts they wanted to learn a little bit more about. They choose worms, bees and ladybirds and we took each one in turn. For each we looked up some facts about them in books and online, did you know that bees have 5 eyes? Then Sebastian typed up his favourite facts and we printed them off. It's the first time I have had Seb  do any proper typing and it was a good chance to look at forming sentences and finding his way around a keyboard and it is something we will be doing more of now he is getting older.

Of course we also did some crafts, painting with worms was particularly fun and messy and we also used fingerprints and a black sharpie to create bees and ladybirds. Our salt dough minibeast fossils were also fun to make.

To end our minibeast topic we made some cakes with ladybird toppers and designed our own minibeasts. We also headed to a Pets at Home workshop about Spring and the boys had a great time talking about wildlife and planting up some bean seeds to bring home.

If you are interested in learning about minibeast follow my minibeast pintrest board.
We have now moved onto our butterfly project. Once again we are growing caterpillars into butterflies, we all love doing this and I will be sharing photos over on Instagram and on here as they grow. Then it will be summer. I am midway through writing up a post about our summer learning plans so stay tuned if you fancy a nosey!

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