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Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Class

We hope that you enjoy looking at all our exciting lessons and topics that we are going to learning about this year. We enjoy learning through lots of practical activities. Our curriculum is delivered through a combination of Adult Directed lessons and Child Initiated Learning. Our interests and learning styles are also incorporated into activities and lesson. We also learn through activities inside and outside the classroom. We'll be out whatever the weather in our waterproofs!

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The Ladybirds Class


Summer Term 2

To end our fabulous year our Topic for this half term will be all about Dinosaurs! We'll be pretending to be Archaeologists and will be investigating and digging up Dinosaurs fossils and where we would find Dinosaurs bones today. We will also be learning all about different Dinosaurs and even trying to say or sign some of their names!!!

Our Shared class books will of course all be about Dinosaurs, with lots of opportunities to write and mark make about them too. Words mats and symbols around class will help us develop our understanding and knowledge and help us answer or ask questions about our topic. 

We will also be going to Chester Zoo for our End of Year trip. More details will follow but we are all very excited. Fingers crossed about the weather!


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Summer Term 1


This half term we will investigating and learning all about Minibeasts. We will be looking at life cycles, what the different <inibeasts eat and where they live. We might even build some ‘Bug Hotels’ and see what insects come to visit. There will be lots of magnifying glasses and let’s hope the weather is warmer because we will be out and about with them, looking for different insects. We are also going to have some caterpillars come and stay with us in class. Wonder what will happen to them over the weeks?! Stayed tuned we will definitely be adding lots of pictures.


Some of the activities we'll be doing:

  • English: Our shared class story books will be 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'Snail Trail', and 'Mad about Minibeasts'. We will also have other books in our book corner to look and engage with, such as, ‘Tadpoles’s promise’, ‘The Bad-Tempered Ladybird', 'Aaarrrgghh Spider' and ‘Norman, the slug’. We love books in Ladybirds and will share them with our teachers as well as look through them on our own. We also sit as a class and listen and join in with words and actions that we remember. We have also been using symbols and Word/Picture mats to help us answer questions about the books and comment on what we can see or we think is happening next. We will also be doing lots of different writing and mark making and not all sat down at our tables! We’ll be taking our clipboards outside and writing on the chalk and dry wipe boards. We will also be continuing to learn about the sounds of letters and starting to blend and segment CVC words in Phonics. Bet we’ll be able to recognise lots of different insect and Minibeasts words by the end of this half term too.
  • Maths: We will be starting our new IEP maths objectives this half term. These will include lots of practical activities and even some messy ones when we look at capacity! Hopefully the nice weather means we can get outside and as well to learn all about Real Maths.
  • Music & Movement: We will still be working on our listening skills and coping actions and whole body movements. We enjoy lively, energetic sessions but can out teachers keep up?!
  • Art and Design: We will be learning all about painting using different media. We wonder what painting with plastic bags, tin foil or even different fabric will look like. We will also be taking part in the “National Students’ Art Exhibition”. We have to submit art work around the theme of Africa. Some of our work might even be picked to be shown in an Art gallery.
  • Understanding the World: In our Exploration and Investigation lessons, we’ll be learning all about different materials. We will be looking at natural and manmade objects, what they feel like, what they are made of and even if they sink or float! In cookery this half term we'll be making cakes using lots of different flavours.
  • PE & Swimming: We missed a few swimming sessions in the last half term so hopefully we won’t miss any this term. We do enjoy swimming and every session our confidence and independence improves. This half term in P.E. sessions we will starting to look at games that we can play and introduce different equipment. In the second part of the summer term we will take part in a Sports Days over at Litherland Sports Park, so we have got to ready!!
  • Extra-Curricular: We will be continuing our visits to St Nicolas school every other Friday afternoon. We really enjoy playing with our new friends.


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The Finale: The Beautiful Butterflies

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly (The Cocoon part 2 )

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly (The Caterpillars part 1 )

Salt Dough Mini Beast Fossils

The Hungry Caterpillar, Butterfly and Spider Paintings

In Search of Mini Beasts.

Spring Term 2

The second part of our Spring Term is all about 'The Jungle'. We will definitely be reading lots of Jungle and Jungle animal related books. We'll also be thinking about the sounds and textures we could hear in the Jungle, what animals we would see, camouflage, plants and all whole lot of other exciting and roar-some activities. Pancake day, Lent, Mother's Day and Easter will all be happening too. It's going to be a action packed half term. 


Some of the activities we'll be doing:

  • English: Our shared class story books will be 'Dear Zoo', 'Walking through the Jungle', and 'The Tiger who came to tea'. We will also have other books to look and engage with, such as, 'Rumble in the Jungle', Giraffes can't dance', and 'Elmer'. We hope that we'll enjoy them that much that we'll remember different part of the stories and help our teachers read the books. We'll have lots of different props and resources and puppets to go with our stories. Can't wait to see what Jungle mark making and writing we'll get up to. 
  • Maths: We will be continuing with our Individual Education Priorities this half term in Maths. When we've finished our individual work, there will be lots of opportunities to investigate and learn about Mass, Length and Shapes.
  • Music: We'll be in the deep dark Jungle. What animals will we be able to hear? Can be move like Jungle animals to Jungle music? 
  • Art and Design: You wont be able to see our camouflage pictures and we can't wait to use different paint tools to create animal prints and patterns. We'll be making different Easter art work and Shhh don't tell anyone but we'll be making Mother'd Day cards!! 
  • Understanding the World: In our Exploration and Investigation lessons, it'll be all about plants - planting them, watering them and watching them grow. In cookery this half term we'll be making cookies and Easter nests. There will be lots of Jungle cookies on their way home to you! 
  • PE & Swimming: We love swimming in Ladybirds so we'll keeping trying to improve our independence and kicking skills in the water. During our PS sessions we'll continue to work on our coordination and balance, jumping and throwing and catching.


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Easter: Making Nest Cakes and 'Going on an Egg Hunt.'

Comic Relief 2017

Science Week- The Coca Cola Volcano

Science week- planting seeds.

Science week - Do oranges float?

Pancake Parlour at Rowan High:

Spring Term 1

This half term our topic is 'Bears'. We will be learning about lots of different bears, where they live and what they like to eat!! We will be having lots of 'Teddy Bears' picnics with our friends and reading lots of books about bears.


Some of the activities we'll be doing:

  • English: Our class story books will be 'We're going on a Bear Hunt', 'Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see', and 'Goldilocks and the Tree Bears'. We will also have lots of books about Bears in our reading corner - fiction, non-fiction and rhyming books. We'll be encourage to remember and join in with all the repeated phases in the books, guess what is coming next, look at talk about the pictures in the books and explore and investigate all the different props associated with the story. We'll also be working on our writing and mark making. Hopefully some of our work will end up the Ladybirds 'WOW' wall!!!
  • Maths: We will be continuing with our Individual Education Priorities this half term in Maths. We'll be looking at numbers, counting, writing numbers, shapes, patterns, stacking, and sorting. If we can we'll use some Bears!!! We're going to be busy this half term aren't we?
  • Music: Developing our listening skills by listening to and trying to identify different sounds in the environment and our class room. Playing different musical instruments and trying to go fast and slow in a range of activities. 
  • Art and Design: We are going to be working on our collage skills this half term and create lots of pictures associated with our different stories about bears. 
  • Cookery: We'll be looking to develop our stirring skills this half term in cookery. Bet we can make that of fantastic things by the end!
  • PE & Swimming: We love swimming in Ladybirds so we'll keeping trying to improve our independence and kicking skills in the water. During our PS sessions we'll continue to work on our coordination and balance, jumping and throwing and catching.

Enjoy our pictures as they arrive!!



Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?

Chinese New Year 2017 - The year of the Rooster.

Autumn Term Part 2

We are off to Outer Space this term! We are reading lots of books about Space and Aliens. We love reading 'Whatever Next' and then reenacting parts of the story, exploring the story props and working on our writing and mark making skills. We're also playing with Space Rockets and learning to share and turn take with our favourite toys. In maths we are counting down to blast off and building rockets with 2D and 3D shapes as well as working towards our Individual Learning Priorities. In cookery this half term, we will be learning to mix and make lots of yummy food!! We'll painting and making collage pictures in Art and exploring different musical instruments in Music.

Our learning towards the end of this half term is going to through different Christmas themed activities. We will be reading stories about 'Snowmen' and 'The Polar Express', making Christmas cards and Christmas Cakes and singing lots of Christmas songs.

Space Topic: "Whatever Next" Book

More pictures from our space topic.

Christmas Jumper Day.

Ladybirds Nativity

Autumn Term Part 1

This first half term we have been learning ‘All about Ourselves and Our New Friends’. We have been getting to know each other as we are all new to Rowan Park School and new to the Ladybirds class. We have been learning the routine of our class and what is expected of us in our lessons.

We enjoyed learning about different features on our faces and singing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. We learnt all about our senses too, even taste! We also read books about birthdays and loved pretending to have tea parties.

We have also liked to play and learn within the Small World area within our class room, the Reading Corner and Play Dough table. 

General Information


Home School Dairies

We ask families and carers to return the home / school diary each day, as this will enable the class teacher to provide comments and information about your child’s day in school. If there are particular things you wish to be informed about, please speak with the class teacher.


Individual Learning Priorities (ILP’s)

These set out the priority educational targets that your child is working on for the term.  There is a section in the plan which provides parents and carers with activities or tasks you can do at home to support your child’s learning.   ILPs are updated each term and sent home.


Reading Books

All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of stories.  We have a wide range of reading books, sensory books and big books to support the learning styles and levels for each child.  Every Friday, your child will receive a new reading book. Please encourage your child to engage with the characters and stories and fill in the reading record to let your child's class staff know how the have gotten on.


Magic Moment Books

Your child will also be sent home with a Magic Moments Book. This is an exciting way to share all the wonderful things that your child does at home. Its also a way to record any special moments, anything that your child does for the first time and anything that they enjoy doing. We would also love it if you could send the book back in at the end of a half term or after a holiday so that we could share your child's amazing achievements.


Snack and Cookery Money

We kindly request that you send in £2 a week. This will go towards snack and cookery ingredients that we use each week. 

Ladybirds Termly Themes