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The big question- what do I know about minibeasts?

This week, we have been looking at spiders. We have learnt that ALL spiders have 8 legs and MOST have 8 eyes. We learnt what baby spiders are called and what spiders like to eat. We looked at an example of a spider that lives in South America that is as big as a dinner plate and a sneaky spider that hides under the loo seat in Australia. We have looked at non fiction and fiction texts.



Our week’s texts can be accessed by you and your child below:


The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle


This is a good text because it has a repeated phrase throughout so your child can look at the pictures and retell the story. It also helps them differentiate sound in the animal noises, which is good for phonics awareness. We also looked at the triangles in the spider's web. In EYFS, some children think a triangle is only a triangle if it looks like an equilateral triangle. This is a good way to show children the concept that triangles look diiferent in readiness for KS2 maths. We also looked at the spiral, as your child needs to have pencil control to form this in pre writing.


Are You A Spider? by Judy Allen


This text teaches some quite complex science in a child friendly format.


An excellent programme explaining complex science in EYFS friendly way



This is an additional clip that addresses why some people are scared of spiders. It makes children think about the 'why' of being scared.


They have already found many minibeasts independently in our outside classroom. We will compare and discuss how some minibeasts look very similar to the adult ones and some do not. We will represent this using data and flow diagrams.

Harry found baby spiderlings that had just hatched!

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Yahya and Lucas found a slightly older spider on the water tray.

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Using finger spreading to play individual notes.

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Science knowledge: this child has drawn a diagram of a minibeast and can name all the body parts with correct scientific terms.

Retelling familiar stories in child's own words

This child is retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in his own words without any book or pictures to help him. It is an excellent way to support your child's vocabulary, knowledge of sentence structure and how to understand how stories 'work'.

Cross curricular knowledge your child accesses in reading a book

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This child is reading 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. This text teaches the obvious things like learning to recognise rhyme , which is a phonics skill, but also, looks at what attributes things share: how things are the same, how things are different. This is a skill needed in mathematics and science.


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Non fiction text 'Snail'

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Our class snails, Steve and Sandra.

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Non fiction ‘Flea’

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Help your child by going through this text and use actions. This is similar to ‘Talk For Writing’ that children use in KS1 and KS2.