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Hi Everyone,

 

I have an interview next week and have been given the task of working with 4 reception children on a group activity for 20 minutes with the topic minibeasts.

They have specified that the children are working towards ELG:


KUW4 Investigates places, objects, materials and living things by using all the senses as appropriate Identifies some features and talks about the features w/he likes and dislikes

KUW5Asks questions about why things happen and how things work, looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

 

So this needs to be the focus of the activity. I think i've just gone into panic mode but just can't think of anything impressive enough!

 

I just wondered if anyone had any fabulous ideas, you lot normally do! :)

Thanks in advance.

Q x

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Hi Everyone,

 

I have an interview next week and have been given the task of working with 4 reception children on a group activity for 20 minutes with the topic minibeasts.

They have specified that the children are working towards ELG:


KUW4 Investigates places, objects, materials and living things by using all the senses as appropriate Identifies some features and talks about the features w/he likes and dislikes

KUW5Asks questions about why things happen and how things work, looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

 

So this needs to be the focus of the activity. I think i've just gone into panic mode but just can't think of anything impressive enough!

 

I just wondered if anyone had any fabulous ideas, you lot normally do! :)

Thanks in advance.

Q x

I'm not sure this will be any hlp - but I always start any tpoic by asking What do we know already - i.e. What is a mini beast? and talk about that - then What do we want to find out ? and chat about that - its a little early in the year to be going outside and looking for mini beasts in the garden - unless the placement has a compost heap where you may find some wood louse that you could look at using a magnifying glass. or spiders may be around which would lead nicly into Eric Carle the very busy spider and perhaps make a spider web - sorry not much help I just hope there are lots of folk out htere who have a better idea than i - but anyway - good luck - if it is right for you - you will be fine

best whishes let us know how you get on

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Hmm, will a game of bingo be any good? They can look at similarities and differences if you describe the one in your hand rather than show them the picture.

 

Here's my template plus several minibeasts to spread round differently onto each board. You'll need one set yourself of course.

Bingo_1.docx

Bingo_2.docx

Bingo_1oldword.doc

Bingo_2oldword.doc

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Hmm, will a game of bingo be any good? They can look at similarities and differences if you describe the one in your hand rather than show them the picture.

 

Here's my template plus several minibeasts to spread round differently onto each board. You'll need one set yourself of course.

 

Ohhh - that looks fab! Thank you:)

 

See I knew someone on here would come up with something exciting!

 

Qx

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I'm not sure this will be any hlp - but I always start any tpoic by asking What do we know already - i.e. What is a mini beast? and talk about that - then What do we want to find out ? and chat about that - its a little early in the year to be going outside and looking for mini beasts in the garden - unless the placement has a compost heap where you may find some wood louse that you could look at using a magnifying glass. or spiders may be around which would lead nicly into Eric Carle the very busy spider and perhaps make a spider web - sorry not much help I just hope there are lots of folk out htere who have a better idea than i - but anyway - good luck - if it is right for you - you will be fine

best whishes let us know how you get on

 

Thank you glynnis, I was thinking Eric Carle but I have no idea what the faciilties are in the setting so i think i'm best sticking to something pre-prepared! I can imagine myself taking them on a 'spider' hunt and not finding any ha!

Qx

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Have you looked in the topic support? There is some excellent ideas there that may be suitable? There is also a link to different forums in the topic support with lots of samples of planning!

 

Good luck!

 

Tinky :o

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Something I've done with Y1 - but as it's very visual and you're working with a small group you might decided it will work. Draw a big tree (decision tree - can't think what the correct term is!), - you have the central trunk which splits into two - has wings/doesn't have wings, these two branches then split again - eg. has six legs/doesn;t have six legs on both sides etc. If you have plastic minibeasts or nice colourful laminated pictures the children can walk the minibeasts up the branch and then find the correct route. You would need to plan it out first, but you can end up with just one minibeast at the end of each branch which you could then have a hidden label which children can open to reveal the name of the minibeast.

 

Could link this with a non fiction book to share together to find out more about any of the minibeasts. I think Sparklebox has some nice pictures on - you could also provide some coloured plasticine and get the children to make their own minibeasts.

 

Good luck,

Harricroft

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Thank you everyone for your ideas, lots of help - especially to Cait as I used your wonderful bug bingo resources and I got the job!! Woooooo!! Very excited! It's not until September so I have time to come back down to Earth!

 

Thanks again :o xx

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