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All Creatures Great and Small

We would like to welcome all our children back after our half term break and hope that everyone is feeling ready for lots more fun!

Our learning adventure this half term will be based on ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. The children will meet John, a farmer who brings his farm animals to school! They will help him to solve his problem of keeping his prize cow safe and find out how to look after his baby chicks too! The children will learn how to care for different animals and how animals grow and change. The children will also get the chance to bring in their pets to meet the class and tell them how they look after them at home1

This half term we are learning about:

  • How Chinese New Year is celebrated
  • Ordering and comparing the length of Chinese dragons
  • How Chinese writing looks different to English writing and how to write our own Chinese symbols
  • A farmer’s role on the farm
  • The lifecycle of chicks
  • How to look after chicks
  • Matching animals and their young
  • How to find out if an object is heavy or light
  • Listening to and following positional instructions
  • Using positional language
  • Representing numbers using tally lines to represent the total number of farm animals on the farm
  • How to add farm animals together
  • How to subtract farm animals
  • How to go on a minibeast hunt and find a range of insects
  • How to describe what vegetables are and what they look like/how they grow

Books we will be reading this half term:

  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • Chick to Hen/Six Chicks
  • Mad About Minibeasts
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Oliver’s Vegetables
  • Pets/The Pet Shop

You can help at home by:

  • Helping your child to put their own coat on and fasten it.
  • Singing a variety of number rhymes and nursery rhymes.
  • Identifying different animals and the sound that each one makes.
  • Visiting a farm and identifying animals and their young.
  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it
  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row and touching each one as they count
  • Reading a variety of books to your child and looking at the pictures together
  • Helping your child to count actions such as counting whilst climbing steps, counting claps and jumps etc.

Chinese New Year!

The children returned from the half term break to learn all about the Chinese New Year festival that took place during the school holidays. 


The children listened to the story of the Chinese New Year story and held their own animal races in the outdoor area. As well as thinking about what position each of the animals came in the race when they reached the finish line, they also thought about the changes that happen to their bodies when they exercise.


The children watched a video clip of how families celebrate Chinese New Year. They watched a Chinese dragon dance and had lots of fun joining in too by dancing and playing musical instruments! 


They then had a Chinese New Year party receiving Chinese cards, lucky red envelopes and eating prawn crackers using chopsticks!

What the Ladybird Heard

This week the children received a letter from Farmer John explaining that he has heard that they have been such good police officers he thinks they might be able to help him too! He explained that he has a cow that wins lots of prizes whenever he goes to a farm show. However, some naughty men called Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len were wanting to try and steal her!


Farmer John asked the children to read the story 'What the Ladybird Heard' and draw their own map of his farm muddling up all of the farm animals to trick the robbers.

Bluebell has gone missing!

Farmer John's hen has gone missing so he asked the children if they could look after his eggs for him, keeping them nice and safe, warm and cosy!


The children were very excited to see them arrive and were very interested in finding out all about the equipment needed to look after the eggs.


The children thought carefully about what they will need to do to help look after the chicks when they hatch out of the eggs!