Last week was ”Minibeast’ week. As part of the National Curriculum guidelines, this is one of the themes a Key Stage one teacher could go through with their pupils, or in my case my child. 🙂
Chatterbox started this off by reading a non fiction book about ‘Bugs’. (If you are a member of my Facebook page, you would know which one I’m talking about. If you are not then please do! As sometimes some updates, pictures etc are shared there).
Anyhoo! After he finished reading (which he loves, alhamdulillah). He explained to me the roles of each bug, ie: bee, worm, ladybird etc. He then made these bugs using tissue rolls:
Bee: tissue roll wrapped in tissue paper, pipecleaners used for wings and antennae:
Ladybird: tissue roll painted and pipecleaners used for antennae:
We then talked about where we usually find them and why and made all the following:
A paper plate was painted as a flower as this is where the bee collects pollen etc (Chatterbox narrated it all to me himself):
For the ladybird, we cut out a leaf shape from the paper plate, then covered it with tissue paper. Added string to give it an effect and then Chatterbox suggested we add mini bugs on the leaf, apparently called Aphids, he said lol. As thats what ladybirds eat.
Then he copied sentences from the ‘Bug’ book, that he understood:
Then we assembled it all together for display work:
Couple days later, it was Farm Time! A local farm was running some free workshops for Key Stage One on: ‘Soil and Minibeasts’. Ofcourse it was perfect for my theme of the week and also local, soooo we went (as a homeschooling group-with other mothers)!
Alhamdulillah it was very good, all the children enjoyed themselves and learnt about the soil and mainly worms. They learnt about different types of soils how they benefit us, why are worms important to us and other mini beasts etc. Example, a worm feeds the roots nutrients, a ladybird eats the crop bugs so they protect our plants, the cycle of how a chicken eats a worm etc etc. Below is a range of photos showing all this and our time at the farm. I have to say though it was verryyyy cold.
Looking at soil, talking about its colour texture etc:
Looked at some animals:
The kids were a given the task to dig and search for any worms. A worm in the soil means its healthy soil for the plants:
Chatterbox found one!
Then we walked further on and the farmer lifted a log up for the kids, to see what minibeasts they could find there:
Was shown where the bees lived, but thankfully none wanted to say hello:
Shown how some plants grow better in the warmth, protected:
At the end of the day the kids made a minibeast hotel, from a bottle, straw and cardpaper. This was to be hanged outside at home:
Next day it was baking time!
Tiger wanted to join in then but then didnt like it:
Ofcourse Abu wanted a turn too!
All done and time to put in oven:
After they cooked, it was decorating time!
GINGERBREAD BUGS R READY TO GO!
Much awaited tasting time! they didnt get a chance to comment wilst their mouths were full:
Take care sisters! Salam!