Why do Ladybirds have Spots?

Cornerstones Topic

This half term the children in Early Years will be exploring questions:

Why do Ladybirds have Spots?
Why do spiders spin webs?

We will be learning about mini beasts, their habitats and what they like to eat.
Let’s go on a mini beast hunt and see what we can find!!!


They will be developing friendship and continue to work together in harmony, negotiating problems.
The children will be encouraged to talk about themselves and their achievements in and out of school.


The children will have the opportunities to…

Learn 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.

Develop how, why and what questioning skills through role play and group discussions.

To listen carefully and follow simple instructions.

Find out the name of the different mini beasts that we find in the environment.

Listen to and complete rhymes and begin to make up their own.


The children will explore different ways of moving, keeping themselves and those around them safe.

They will talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy.

We will be working on the children’s fine motor skills, practising forming letters and numbers correctly.


The children will be…

Exploring stories and non-fiction texts about mini beasts. We will be answering and asking questions about the text that we are sharing. Talking about the characters and settings that we meet within the story and non-fiction text.

We will continuing with our Power of Reading Journey looking at and exploring new text such as ‘The Bad tempered Ladybird’, ‘The Very Hungry caterpillar’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, we also look forward to revisiting some of our old favourites along the way
The children will be writing simple sentences applying sound knowledge including vowel diagraphs, ay, ee, igh oo and key word knowledge, I , said, the, look.


The children will be…

Working with numbers to 20 and beyond, one more and less, doubling and halving and simple addition and subtraction. Children will solve simple problems applying knowledge of doubles, addition and subtraction and one more and less of a given numbers.
Exploring shapes and patterns. Talking about 2d and 3d shapes using mathematical terms such as side, corners and faces.
Investigating capacity, and measures; weight and length.
Role play in the shop, using the language of money, coin, penny, 1p,2p, 5p, 10p.
Looking at the passage of time and associated language.

Understanding of the World

The children will …

Looking at the habitats of mini beats, and what they like to feed on.

Comparing the patterns and shapes of the different mini beasts.

Using apps on the I Pads, to find out information about the different mini beast we are exploring and continue developing numeracy and literacy skills.

Children will choose a particular media, video, audio recorder or pictures to record their own evidence of learning.

Expressive Arts

The children will….

Learn new number songs and we will begin to sing our Summer repertoire.

Explore the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music.

Use their senses to investigate the environment.

Experiment with colour and paint techniques and combine media to produce individual pieces of work.

Combining different materials to create mini beasts.

How you could help at home

Take your child on an adventure to the Park and go exploring for different mini beasts. Talk to the children about what they have observed, heard and smelled on your journey.

Use language related to money, and time e.g. penny, coin, £1, what time is it ? afternoon, morning etc

Take the opportunity to count forwards and backwards when carrying out normal daily activities, such as climbing up and down stairs.

Point out numbers and shapes in the environment.

Share stories together, pointing out pictures and print and naming main characters.

Practise writing their names, simple words, and sentences.

Recognising their numbers to 20.

Combine two groups together.

Remove a given number from a set, how many now