So glad the sun is still shining for us. Our challenges for the next two weeks are based on mini-beasts! Are you ready to be the next David Attenborough or Steve Backshall? This week can you research a mini-beast and present your findings? Why not start with a mini-beast safari outside? Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards. If you don’t have a garden you can find some mini-beasts here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/mini-beast-adventure-with-jess-minibeast-spotter Do you have any fiction, non- fiction and poems about mini-beasts? Online stories Story: Sophie’s Masterpiece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qiHu6rrGvI Poems: Mad about mini-beasts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW-7MgHEZOE
Choose a mini-beast to research.
First think about what you know and then write some questions about what you would like to know. Remember many questions start with words that begin with ‘wh’ – What, Where, Why, When and remember they need question marks.
You can find out some facts from the videos below:
Present your findings. You could make a poster or a fact sheet with your facts, like the ones we wrote before about orangutans and gorillas? Your questions can be the ‘headings’ for example, Where can ladybirds be found?
You could use the words from phonics this week in your writing? there, their and they’re
(See examples attached about a woodlouse)
There are many online videos where you can find out facts. Here are a few:
What is a mini-beast?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSp_meUwug4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z9fkwmn Listen to Jess tell you about mini-beasts – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuHg5oWF_mo Caterpillars and butterflies : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a75Jqde8k1I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEeu4moxzM Millipedes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaIBGJjr4-4 Ants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXUCUvcscXs Worms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O40A-6Jmt4 Earwigs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95BgMEsYtdY “>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95BgMEsYtdY Woodlice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95BgMEsYtdY Dragonflies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD-LNsQkym4&list=PLCI_BIMJR-XHf42hIrpYkyyYfJv9W58ju&index=36 Ladybirds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPUazqh63kE&list=PLCI_BIMJR-XHf42hIrpYkyyYfJv9W58ju&index=39
We are sure you will have lots of other imaginative and wonderful ideas that are fun to do so please keep adding these. Here a few suggestions:
If you love drawing you could make a very precise ‘scientific’ drawing. Look at a photo of a mini-beast and draw what you see. Mini-beasts don’t have faces like us do they! You might like to fold a piece of paper into quarters, and redraft your drawing to try to improve it.
Can you make a mini-beast from natural materials or from recycled materials?
Could you bake some butterfly fairy cakes?
Perhaps you would like to write your own mini-beast poem or song.
Think about the micro-habitat where mini-beasts are found. Are they sitting on something or hiding under something? Do they prefer a bright place or a dark place? Find attached a sheet which you could use if you would like to.
How many legs do mini-beasts have? Is in an insect or not? (6 legs and three body parts)
Do they have a special way to protect themselves?
How do they move?
Answer to the question in the video: How do you know if something is a living thing?
Living things have 7 characteristics: They grow, move, respire (breathe), need nutrition (food), excrete (poo!) and they reproduce (have babies). They are also sensitive to their surroundings.
How many did you think of?
The words ‘there’ ‘their’ and they’re sound the same. Words which sound the same are called homophones.
Watch the video to look at their meaning and how they are used in sentences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEgtjrAcRIo
Learn to spell there, their and they’re by using Look, Cover, Write, Check.
Ask your grownup to dictate a sentences with these words. Then you write the sentences using the correct spelling. E.g. They’re in the park having a picnic.
Use your best handwriting? Can you join your letters?
Adding and subtraction with money.
Children could make all the coins to use in role play or use what you have at home.
Children can make different amounts using coins. Can they make the same amount in different ways? E.g. 20p= 20p, 20p=10p+10p, 20p=10p+5p+5p
Role-play a shop. (This could be a toyshop, fruit shop or whatever you have lying around.)
Children could make a price list and labels.
Can they find out what one, two or three items would cost? How much change would they get when spending different amounts?
Children could also have a daily amount to spend on fruit and snacks. Make a price list and ask them to work out how much what they want costs and how much change they get!
Easier: 20p daily spend. All items are 1p. How much change to they get? (support number bonds to 20)
Medium: £1 daily spend. Items cost multiples of 5 e.g. 15p 25p, 55p etc
Harder: £1 daily spend. Items are different amounts.
Stay home, stay safe
Mr Shingler and Mrs Humphrey