This half term our learning has been focused around the topic of ‘Creepy Creatures’. The children have particularly enjoyed reading Eric Carle stories: ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘The Very Busy Spider’, ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ and ‘The Mixed-Up Chameleon’. They have used these focused fiction stories and a range of information books to find out about creatures and their habitats, responding with curiosity and enthusiasm to a wide range of activities.
Our “Garden Centre” role play area has proved to be very popular, with children taking on the role of customers to purchase things to develop our outdoor area into a creepy creature friendly environment.
The children also made their own small world play area inspired by the story ‘The Bog Baby’ which then used to tell familiar parts of the story using the characters and scence, alongside their friends.
We have also used paint, junk modelling, collaging, chalks, playdough and clay to create our own creepy creatures.
We also looked at the famous artist Matisse through a snail trail book and imitated his style of blocking to make snail art work.
We have been visted by Flipsy the snail!! The children loved meeting him and exploring his pattern with their hands. We investigated the types of foods that he liked and wrote an information book about all the things we had learnt. Mr Bryant also paid us a visit to show us …
We celebrated the end of our topic with an Ugly Bug Ball. In which we dressed up as one of the creatures we had found out about and shared poems, songs and dances with Starstones1.
We will also be taking a trip to Moors Valley Country Park to explore the pond life with the Rangers.