Belch Welcome to Primary 2. Our topic for this term is Minibeasts.
We have set up a Bug Lab in the imaginary play corner where we can learn more about bugs. Please scroll down to see all the fun things we have been doing. Well done to all of Primary 2 for their wonderful and imaginative entries into our 3D Bug Contest. Primary 2 had a wondeful time at their Ugly Bug Ball. They put on a special assembly for parents, decorated their own table cloth and had some yummy party food.
We went to Loughall Country Park as part of our minibeast topic. We learned more interesting facts about bugs before going into the forest for a minibeast hunt. After our lunch we got to go into the park for a play. We had a lovely day and the weather was beautiful! This week we have been learning about snails. We listened to a story about a slug who wanted to be a snail, we searched for snails in our garden and brought them into school for a closer look and then we entered our snails into a snail race.
We made paper snails. We have had great fun making minibeasts in a variety of ways during playtime. We are enjoying playing in the minibeast garden. This week we have been busy learning more about worms.
We looked at some worms through magnifying glasses, answered questions about them, painted pictures of them and set up a wormery. We are finding out more about spiders. We looked up the answers to our questions on the internet and in books. Some of us made spiders out of playdough during playtime. We made spider webs by spinning wool around lollipop sticks. We played a spider game. You had to roll the dice and colour in the shape according to the code at the bottom. The winner was the first person to colour all of their spider!
We learned that minibeasts like to live in trees. If we get everything correct we get a sticker from Mr Priestley. When we collect 4 stickers we get a special school pencil. Below are photos of the members of the club so far! This term we are learning all about our teeth and how to look after them.
We have set up a Dental Surgery in the imaginary play corner. Please scroll down to see all the fun things we have been doing! Mrs Jackson from the Community Dental Service came to talk to us about our teeth and how to look after them. We looked for plaque on our teeth using Plaqsearch.
During playtime we had the chance to explore the box left in by Mrs Jackson from the Community Dental Service. We read books, practised cleaning teeth on the giant teeth, completed puzzles, did healthy food stencilling and played the Eat 5 bingo game. We did an experiment to see what effect some drinks have on our teeth. We are pretending the duck eggs are teeth. We put the 1st egg in water. We put the 2nd egg in coffee. We put the 3rd egg in milk. We put the 4th egg in coke. We learned that,,,, We have been having fun at playtime with the Doctor Drill and Fill playdough set and making teeth related words out of playdough.
Can you guess the smile? We are learning The Easter Story. We learned about the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on. We played Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
This term we are learning about our feelings. We used puppets to express our emotions, did some puzzles and used playdough to show how our faces change depending on how we are feeling.
As part of our money topic we played money dominoes, bingo and did coin rubbing and stamping. P2 had great fun on Pancake Day! We are learning how to make 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. This term we will be learning about Pets and how to look after them. We have set up our own vets in the classroom. Please scroll down to see all the fun things we have been doing and learning. Wild Challenge Nature is an adventure waiting to be had. Get out, get busy and get wild! Pond dipping Pond dipping is something we can all do and it's loads of fun!
Rock pooling Explore the little pools of amazing sea life that are left by the tide on the rocks around our coast. Build a minibeast hotel. Have fun and get building! Have you?
Check out the how to video How to make a minibeast hotel Read video transcript A video showing you how to build your very own minibeast hotel, out of bricks and garden materials. Arachnid : the scientific name for spiders. Beetle Garden Minibeasts Up Close. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher. A few people are allergic to bee stings.
Mark as complete. What will you need Old wooden pallets Bricks After you've used you bricks and pallets to make a solid structure, what you put inside is up to you There are loads of great natural materials you can use - most of them are things that you can find lying around! Here are a few suggestions. Strips of wood Straw Moss Dry leaves Woodchips Old terracotta pots Old roofing tiles Bricks the ones with holes through them are the best!
Step-by-step Choose a suitable spot. It needs to be level and and on flat solid ground. The basic structure. Your hotel can come in any shape or size you want, but one thing's for sure, you'll want it to stay up! It's best to build a strong, stable framework that's no more than a metre high.
First, lay out your bricks as a base. Space them apart and try creating an H-shape on the ground - like a brick helicopter landing pad! Now you can start to stack wooden pallets on top of your bricks.
Here's a top tip - leaving larger ends can help attract our spiky friend the hedgehog to visit. You can also make a smaller structure, depending on the wood and space you have. Whatever size you decide to make is fine - you're still giving a home to nature whether it's big or small. Fill in the gaps. The idea is to provide all sorts of different nooks and crannies, crevices, tunnels and cosy beds. You can use all sorts of different materials to fill in your framework. Just place, stack, scatter and poke them in to make a clever collection of different habitats.
Add a 'roof'. You don't want a hotel that's full of soggy residents and wet rooms! It's time to pop a roof on top of what you've done so far. If you like, you could even give it a 'green' or 'brown' roof by putting a bit of rubble or gritty soil on top. Only plants that love dry conditions cope up there, but if you're lucky some wild flower seeds could arrive on the breeze and take root. Finishing touches Every hotel needs a kitchen. Don't forget, your guests will want to eat when they stay. Surround your hotel with loads of colourful nectar-rich flowers — essential food for butterflies, bees and other insects that decide to call for room service!
Now it's time for your grand opening! If you want, choose a name for your hotel and put a sign up outside. Remember to take a photo with the finished build! You have to show us how you got on in order to tick off your minibeast palace as part of your Wild challenge. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! Completing the activity Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity.
Check out the how to video How to make a minibeast hotel Read video transcript A video showing you how to build your very own minibeast hotel, out of bricks and garden materials.