Why do ladybirds have spots?

Cornerstones Topic

This half term the children in Reception will be working on the imaginative learning project ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’
We will be exploring questions such as why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? And discovering more about minibeasts and their habitats.
For our memorable experience we will be going on a minibeast hunt.


We are continuing to build strong relationships with the adults and children we see daily.


The children will have the opportunities to…
Take part in circle time talking
Continue with our RWInc scheme
Learn new vocabulary associated with our topic.
Explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing.
Develop questioning skills through role play and group discussions.


Using a variety of small tools, brushes, pens, pencils the children will develop their fine motor skills. Children will take part in daily ‘squiggle while you wiggle’ sessions.

They will be using the outdoor areas and hall space to develop both fine and gross motor skills, with large and small apparatus. They will talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy.


The children will be…

Reading new stories and re-visiting old favourites such as The bad tempered ladybird, What the ladybird heard and The very hungry caterpillar.

Retrieving information from non- fiction books and using the computers to research different minibeast.

Continuing to develop our hand writing skills and beginning to write simple sentences.


The children will be….

Reading ordering and writing numbers to 5, to 10, to 20 and beyond.

 Finding one more and one less and using a number line.

Working on doubles to 10 and 20

Looking at the passage of time and using associated language.

Looking at capacity and money.

Exploring shapes and patterns.

Talking about 2D and 3D shapes using mathematical language to describe shapes.

Understanding of the World

The children will be…….

Observing minibeasts and exploring changes in living things including growth and decay.

Expressive Arts

The children will….

Make 3D minibeasts and symmetrical butterflies using various tools and materials.

How you could help at home

Practice writing letters and making simple words such as ‘cat, dog, mam and dad’, completing weekly homework, counting forwards and backwards to 20.

Use the language of time when the opportunity arises: today, tomorrow, yesterday, the days of the week and months of the year. Talk about things that happened yesterday and what might happen tomorrow. What happens on different days of the week.

Share stories together, pointing out pictures and print and naming main characters. Talk about story structure beginning, middle and end.