Monthly Archives: June 2021


This week we have continued to learn about Minibeasts and we have focused upon worms. We began the week by reading the story ‘Super Worm.’ The children loved the story and they have also enjoyed learning about the common earth worm. In class we suddenly had a worm infestation! The children made worms by threading pasta onto wool and by threading small beads onto pipe cleaners. This required the children to have good hand eye co-ordination and they were definitely stickosaurus’ as it took a lot of time and patience to complete. The children have also used a mixture of everyday and mathematical language throughout the week to describe and compare the lengths of the worms that they had made.

Lots of children chose to make worms out of play dough as well. This was quite a tricky task as it was difficult to roll out even shaped worms. The children made worms of different lengths and compared them to each other and to the printed worms on the table. They also spent time adding in the segments and the hairs onto their worms. Some children even added on the worm’s saddle!

The children also made worms at the creative table. They enjoyed finger printing worms of different lengths!

At the Maths table there were lots of different activities taking place. Some children found worms of different lengths and ordered them from shortest to longest. Other children sorted worms according to their own criteria. Some children paired up worm number bonds to 10 and some children even made worms out of construction and tried to make the worms as long as themselves!

Lots of children chose to draw worms on the iPads or on the computers. The children were great artists as they really paid attention to detail in the drawings of their worms.

The children have also been super independent writers this week. They have used their phonic knowledge to write some fantastic sentences about worms. Their writing is amazing! Well done Swan


This week we have begun our Minibeast topic. We read the story ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider!’ The children loved the story. Their favourite part was when the spider invited all of his spider friends round to the house! The children have become fascinated with spiders. We have watched some fun fact videos and the children are becoming very knowledgeable about spiders. Lots of children chose to write some of the amazing facts that they have learnt this week about spiders onto spider paper! They used their phonic knowledge very carefully.

The children have really enjoyed singing spider songs as well! They have used picture cards and the water tray to re-enact the ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ Nursery rhyme.

Some children chose to draw spiders using the pastel chalks whilst other children chose to draw spiders on the computers.

Lots of children chose to solve addition sums using spider counters and the counting on method. Some children even managed to be fabulous solveosaurus.’ They were able to independently solve different addition and subtraction number sentences and then they matched each number sentence peg to the correct answer on a spider. Wow!

The children have also learnt about the life cycle of a spider this week. Did you know baby spiders are called spiderlings?

The children have also made some fantastic play dough spiders. Each spider has eight hairy legs! Can you see the hairs? Did you know that spiders can have up to eight eyes as well?

Not all spiders spin webs either. The children have learnt that whilst some spiders are really good at making webs other spiders are really good at jumping and some spiders like to hide under rocks and logs! The children had to concentrate very hard to make their woven webs this week. What a fabulous spider fun filled week we have had!


The Magic Porridge Pot

This week we have continued our topic on Measures by reading the story ‘The Magic Porridge Pot.’

The children had great fun playing with porridge oats in lots of different ways! (Not sure Mrs Boyson enjoyed the clearing up quite so much!)

Some children chose to weigh porridge. The children had to be a tryceratops as it took a lot of patience to weigh the porridge with accuracy. It was also quite tricky to make sure that the balance scales were balanced. Other children chose to explore capacity by pouring, filling, emptying and transferring porridge oats between different sized pots and containers. They were all great explorosaurus’.

Some children chose to paint with a solution of paint and oats! They had to concentrate hard to paint the different characters from the story with such care and control.

Some children chose to make porridge pots of their own using play dough. The children were set the challenge of making three different sized pots. They had to make sure their pots were bowl shaped so that they could fill their pots with porridge. The children were also able to use mathematical language to describe the sizes of their pots and the quantity of porridge oats that each pot held.

Lots of children chose to make stick puppets of the characters from ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ story and they also used their phonic knowledge to write speech bubbles for each character.

Some children also chose to use their phonic knowledge to write some fantastic stories and sentences about ‘The Magic Porridge Pot.’ The children were great stickosaurus’ and thinkodactyls and their writing is amazing!

The children have also really enjoyed solving the ‘Magic Porridge Pot’ addition sums. We have been learning how to add numbers together using the counting on method in Maths. The children applied this knowledge to this ‘Magic Porridge Pot’ addition activity. They were able to put one number in their head and count on in order to find the answer to the different sums. Very impressive! Well done Swans.