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27th April 2020

Topic - Mini Beast

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well, enjoying the sunshine and trying out some of our nursery activities.


Last week you began to look for mini beast in your garden and on your walks.

It was lovely to receive your emails telling me what you'd been doing and sharing your photos. Thank you! smiley 

Thank you for using the information and powerpoint presentations on our class page to support your children with letter formation, phonics and maths. 

Remember, if you would like to share anything, ask questions or just say hello you can find all the teachers by emailing  We always look forward to hearing from you.

This week - carry on with your mini beast search and think about which of the 5 senses you use as you become curious about the tiny creatures. 

  • What do you see? Describe their size, colours, count their legs, wings... Do they have a shell? How are they moving? 
  • What can you hear?  Do they make a sound? Are they silent? Can you make that sound? 
  • Is it safe to touch? (check with a grown up and take care of the small creatures) Do they tickle? Are they hairy, smooth, bumpy, hard, wet, slimy, dry, ridged ...
  • Animals and even people eat and taste certain insects.  Talk to your grown ups and find out which insects are eaten by which animals. Some insects secrete nasty liquids to stop animals from eating them.  I think snails can do this.  Can you find out if this is true? 
  • Can we smell mini beast? What do you think they can smell.  How do they smell?  Do they have noses? 



  • Use the Mini beast spotting worksheet. How many can you spot?
  • Listen to the Butterfly, Ladybird and Bumble Bee song.  Can you make up a simple song about your three favourite mini beast?  Maybe you could add actions or use instruments. 



Book of the Week - The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle


  • Watch the cbeebies video clip to find out facts about ladybirds. (see link in resources below Ladybird - mini beast adventure)
  • Spot ladybirds in your garden.
  • Use your senses to find out about ladybirds
  • Find out about the life cycle of the ladybird.
  • Retell the story - use the muted video or sequencing cards.
  • Paint, colour, make models of ladybirds. (see the resources below for ideas).
  • Practise counting the ladybirds' spots, add them together.
  • Make dough and create model ladybirds or add spots and body parts to the mini beast play dough mats.


Have fun! Remember, if you have time to take some photos or email Mrs Miller (class1) at workqueries@ I love to hear from you smiley