Why do ladybirds have spots?

Cornerstones Topic

Our topic this term is all about mini beasts in the local environment, similarities and differences, growth and change, patterns and colours and plants and flowers. We will be trying to answer the question why do ladybirds have spots? Through investigation, research and exploration.
We will begin by going on a bug hunt to see what we can find!


In the classroom and outside the children will continue to form positive relationships. They will continue to make new friends in the wider environment and learn how to work together in harmony. They will identify any minor conflict situations and resolve any differences with their peers. . They will be learning how to take turns in conversation, attending to and taking account what others say. They will be encouraged to explain their own knowledge and understanding, and ask appropriate questions of others.


All children will be encouraged to participate in small and large group conversations, making relevant contributions and answering questions at their individual level.
The children will develop new vocabulary associated with our topic. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing. They will develop questioning skills through role play and group discussions. Linked to our topic the children will talk about what they find out and talk in a group.


The children will take part in daily PE lessons where they will work with large and small apparatus to develop fine and gross motor movements. They will talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy. They will learn to handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. They will be practicing writing daily in many forms to enable them to use a pencil holding it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.


As part of the Power of Reading programme we will be using a selection of books relating mini beasts, growth and decay. We will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle and What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. From these starting points we will be retelling stories in a variety of ways, learning about characters and story settings and how a book is structured. We will be writing our own simple stories and sentences using our developing phonic knowledge. Continuing the RWInc programme the children will continue to become more confident as readers and writers.


The children will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond. They will use their mathematical knowledge to solve simple problems. They will work on doubles to 20, one more and one less and subtraction

For shape, space and measures the children will continue to talk about the passage of time and ordering the events of their day. They will be collecting and recording simple data such as how many mini beasts have wings, how many legs do mini beasts have and exploring shapes and patterns. They will be comparing heights, lengths and weights and talking about their work using appropriate language. They will also be experimenting with money and capacity for the frst time and using language associated with these topics.

Understanding of the World

The children will be exploring their immediate environment, looking for mini beasts and creating mini beast environments. They will research the topic through reference books and on the internet They will be developing keyboard skills, naming parts of a computer, finding and completing their own age appropriate programmes, working on I Pads, computers and in the ICT suite. In the classroom the children will be encouraged to find and complete literacy and numeracy tasks on a selection of downloaded programmes.

Expressive Arts

The children will be learning new songs about the Summer months and creepy crawlies and will be reviving some of our favourites. They will explore the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music. They will be encouraged to tap out rhythms, copying and making up their own, moving rhythmically to music on CD. Using their senses they will investigate the environment. The children will be exploring different paint techniques and will be using them to create topic related pieces.