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Bitterne Manor

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Step into Spring and Bugs

Let's find out about minibeasts!

What are we learning about?

During this topic, we will explore the natural world by learning about what happens during spring time. The children will have the opportunity to look at the smaller wildlife that we have around us, as we go on a bug hunt and complete various activities. We will explore a range of texts, including non-fiction to find out facts as well as fiction books, including ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We will look at story writing and the children will re-tell and write their own version of the story.




  • We will continue with Phase 3 of the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ and focus on reading words and sentences as well as answering questions about texts.

  • We will move to phase 4 to read and understand a variety of sentences.

  • We will continue with guided reading and writing sessions, focusing on letter formation and being able to read and write all of the sounds in a word and all of the words in a sentence.

  • Key and tricky words in our word pots.

  • Story writing



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Animation

We will make props to re-tell the story in small groups. We will use our Literacy skills to write key words and sentences to re-tell the story.


  • Daily Maths activities focusing on number recognition, ordering numbers and counting.

  • Measuring the height of our plants

  • Money

  • Addition and subtraction recap

  • Symmetry

  • Shape

Learning Opportunities

As well as developing the children’s English and Maths skills, we will provide a range of other activities, such as:

  • Learning facts about bugs to develop understanding of the world.
  • Fun PE opportunities to develop physical skills, including teambuilding games.
  • Creating a Garden Centre area for the children to act in different roles.
  • Opportunities in the Art area to create clay bugs.
  • Children will be able to explore the school grounds during bug hunts.
  • A visit to Hawthorns Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common.

How can you help?

  • Ask your child to tell you what they know about mini-beasts – can they name them? Describe them? Say where they live and what they eat?
  • Please listen to your child read as often as possible and sign/leave a comment in the purple reading diary.
  • Please continue to help your child to learn to read and write their words in their pot, we will check their spellings each Thursday and new words will be sent home when ready. Please encourage your child to write simple sentences e.g. The cat is black. They can extend their sentences with ‘and’ when ready.

We are very much looking forward to visiting Hawthorns Wildlife Centre to take part it lots of hands-on activities!