Year R Term 5: What I Am Learning Now

How The World Works

Central Idea

All living creatures may play a role in our lives.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…

  • Characteristics of insects (form)
  • Why humans need insects (connection)
  • Our responsibility to protect living creatures (responsibility)


Subject Focus

Understanding of the world and speaking:

The children will be looking at the similarities and differences between different minibeasts and will also be able to classify insects based on this. Children will be encouraged to share what they have learnt with the class.


The children have returned to school and were surprised to be greeted by caterpillars! We will watch them grow and change and will discuss the lifecycle of a butterfly. We have also shared the story ‘Mad about Minibeasts’ and gathered the children’s thoughts on what they already know about bugs and insects.

Home Learning Opportunities
  • Go for a minibeast hunt in the local environment
  • Make minibeast houses for your
  • Look at non-fiction texts about
Class Stories
  • The Last Wolf
  • The Bad Tempered Ladybird
  • Willbee the Bumblebee
  • Mad about Minibeasts
  • Snail Trail
  • Aargh, Spider!
Transferable Skills (Approaches to Learning)
  • Research
  • Thinking
  • Communicating
Links to PSHE/SMSC

Looking after the world around us.

Key Vocabulary

Minibeast, insects, similar, different, sort, legs, fly, crawl, decomposers, natural insecticides, pollinators, habitat, environment, jobs, lifecycle.

Career Links
  • We are gardeners.
  • We are explorers.
  • We will have a visit from the minibeast man – more
    information to follow.
Sharing Success
  • Celebration certificates
  • Classroom displays and floor books
  • Class dojo through reward points and sharing with parents

Gallery of 3D art work with written facts about the minibeasts.


Milestones covered in this inquiry…

Understanding of the world:

  • Explore the natural world around us.
  • Describe what they see, feel and hear outside.
  • Understand the effect of the changing seasons on the world around them.


  • Read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letters.
  • Form lowercase letters correctly.
  • Write short sentences with words using known sounds.


  • Continue, copy and create repeating patterns.
  • Select, rotate and manipulate shapes in order to develop spatial reasoning skills.
  • Compare length, weight and capacity.

Communication and language:

  • Use new vocabulary through the day.
  • Ask questions to find out more and check they understand what has been said to them.
  • Engage in non-fiction books.

Expressive arts and design:

  • Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.