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Butterflies

Hi lovely Butterflies

Our next unit is minibeasts! There are absolutely loads of activities to try. Remember, this topic at school would last for a full half term so don’t feel pressure to race through the activities. It is best to be led by your child and find what interests them the most. Maybe they like the stories, or the songs, or counting the legs or naming body parts of the minibeasts body…… go with what they are interested in.

Our stories will be Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars by Debbie Tarbett

Twist and Hop Minibeast Bop by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees

If you have any other books you enjoy please include them too- The very Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite.

If you go to the cbeebies website https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/search?q=minibeasts there are some programmes you can watch.

Our songs will include ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and the ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2RhMuBDSJA Maybe you can choose an insect to be and dance like you are at the ball.

On twinkl.co.uk there are mini beast action cards with activities such as ‘wriggle like a worm’ etc if you want to get moving. Cosmic yoga on You tube also has bug themed yoga sessions- The very Hungry Caterpillar, Stella the Stick insect and Enron the Bee are some to choose from.

If the weather is nice and you feel brave maybe you can do a bug hunt in the garden. Draw up a list of bugs and check them off if you see any. Maybe investigate where different bugs live, under the ground, on leaves- what habitats are best for them?

If you are feeling brave then how about digging up some mud to find worms? Make some bugs out of playdoh?

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search If you search for minibeasts it has a vast amount of minibeasts colouring sheets, minibeast hunt checklists, cutting activities, worksheets etc. Please don’t feel that you must do these activities with your child but they are there if your child enjoys them.

On BBC bitesize there are some videos about bugs etc under the KS1 videos.

Maybe paint a toilet roll green and turn it into a caterpillar? Paint half a ladybug and fold over the paper to make a symmetrical side?

If you are finding it hard to sit at a table to learn remember that counting out cups for everybody at dinner time or looking at which trees are bigger or smaller on a walk is still learning and practicing skills. Maybe count out some favourite objects such as cars and look at one more or one less. Grab some toys, split them into two groups and count how many altogether? Or take some away?

Some phonics and reading resources are

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAYUvQUrGo- jolly phonics sounds song.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/search?q=alphablocks- activities and games

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/- for reading books

 

For Maths type activities https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting and its sister app IXL maths have tablet friendly games.

 

For messy play ideas https://theimaginationtree.com/ has a load of different ideas.

https://www.isabellasigns.com/ Isabella signs is doing some tutorials on how to use Makaton signs. She also has a Facebook page. Maybe a chance for everyone to learn some new signs.

 

There are also some more sensory ideas too

Live Massage Stories Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm.

https://www.facebook.com/StoryMassageProgramme

 

Pete Wells has some raucous free sensory stories available on his website - and the podcast is well worth a listen too! 

https://sensorystoriespodcast.com/free-special-stories/

 

The Sensory Spectacle are doing twice weekly sensory makes at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays live online. 

https://www.facebook.com/sensoryspectacle/

 

The Sensory Projects has project packs for inclusive learning 

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/free-educational-resources

and also some simple sensory games to play 

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/guides

 

The Sensory Dispensary have activities available to download from TES SEN website 

https://www.tes.com/member/Sensory_Dispensary

 

Access Art resources

https://www.accessart.org.uk/art-resources-for-home/

 

Soundabout are offering live online inclusive music sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2pm 

https://www.facebook.com/SoundaboutUK/

 

 

These are all suggestions for you to do as much or as little as you would like, the most important thing is your families well being.

Take care

Sarah