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Brierley Forest

Primary and Nursery School

Literacy/ Project

We hope that you enjoyed learning about Arctic animals last week! We are enjoying seeing some of your drawing and writing that you are uploading to purple mash smiley



This week we are going to be learning about minibeasts!


Have a look at the word of the day to find out what a minibeast is. 


Play the PowerPoint and click on the clues to read the clues. Can you guess the minibeast from the clues before you reveal the answer? 



Which minibeast is your favouite?


Can you draw a picture of this and write about why it is your favourite minibeast or a fact about it? Remember to send us a picture on purple mash. 


Today we are going to read a story about a minibeasts adventure and learn about their life cycle.


The title is 'The cautious caterpilar'. What do you think cautious means?

Have a look at the word of the day to find out what cautious means. 




What do you think the story is going to be about?

Can you write down your prediction as a sentence and send us a picture of your prediction on purple mash?


Read the story below and see if your predictions were correct. 

The Cautious Caterpillar

How did the caterpillar turn into a butterfly? 


Have a look at the life cycle of a butterfly below and then you can colour in and label this 2do on purple mash smiley




Let's go on a minibeast hunt!       

Take a walk around your garden or go on a woodland walk. What minibeasts can you find?

Try looking under plant pots, stones, looking on leaves or bushes or around some plants and flowers. 


Can you write a list of all the minibeasts you found on your hunt? Remember to use your phonics and try your best like you always do! laugh

You could also draw a picture next to your writing of each minibeast. 

Take a photo of your list and upload this to purple mash so we can see what you found! smiley 



Let's play 'What am I?' 


Take it in turns to describe a minibeast and see if the other person can guess which one you are describing.


For example:

- I am busy making honey. 

- I have a slimy trail.

- I have 8 legs.

- I have spots. 

- I came out of a chrysalis. 



 Your challenge today is to make a minibeast out of natural materials. What do the different textures of the materials feel like?

For example:










We know that you all love playing with the play dough at school so we thought you could make some at home and create some minibeasts models! You could also use somerecycled materials such as cardboard boxes, yogurt pots, or plastic bottles. What will you make?


To make the playdough you will need:

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml water
  • food colouring of your choice


Follow this method:

  • Mix together the flour and the salt in a large bowl.
  • Gradually add the water to the flour mix. 
  • Add a few drops of food colouring.
  • Dust a work surface with a little flour and begin to knead the dough. 
  • Begin your minibeast creations and enjoy!


Here are a few ideas: