Senior Infants – Mad about Minibeasts!

We had so much fun during the month of May exploring the topic of ‘Minibeasts’ in Senior Infants! We read many different stories relating to this theme such as ‘The Very Lazy Ladybird’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’, ‘Slug Needs a Hug’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

May is a lovely time of year to get out of the classroom and enjoy some work outside. Senior Infants went on a minibeast hunt around the school. After learning all about minibeasts in the classroom, the children knew just where to find them and left no log or rock unturned! They spotted lots of creepy crawlies using their magnifying glasses. Every child recorded their findings and we were all amazed at the variety of minibeasts we have all around us. We shared our results with the whole class when we returned to the classroom. We saw spiders, ants, woodlice, snails, slugs, worms and butterflies! We looked in the vegetable garden and were delighted to see that the slugs and snails were staying away from Denis’ lettuce!

In the role play area, the boys put on their scientist’s coats and had great fun in the ‘Bug Research Lab’. They used pooters, magnifying glasses and gloves to investigate different minibeasts. They enjoyed working with a partner and recording their findings on an observation form.

In the small world area, the boys created a pond habitat using leaves, stones and twigs. They used their imagination and all the facts they had learned about minibeasts to create different scenarios. Some minibeasts camouflaged to stay safe from their predators, others were searching for prey, the caterpillars were eating leaves before the cocoon formed and the spiders were spinning webs!

In the compost area the boys named and sorted the minibeasts into subsets.

In the construction area they used blocks and lego to design bug hotels, etc.

Look at all of our creative work! We made minibeasts using playdough, painted lovely ladybirds and beautiful butterflies. We drew different minibeasts and coloured snails, which were inspired by the artist Wassily Kandinsky.