Learning By Topic KS1: The Great Outdoors and English

Theme/Spelling words: caterpillar, butterfly, centipede, beetle, insects, dangerous, movement,  predators, camouflage, environment

List spellings in alphabetical order.

Write your theme words in sentences, try to use connectives, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in your sentences.

Imagine you are a caterpillar living in a garden and write a story about a typical day – what do you eat, how do you move and what dangers might you encounter? (Genre of writing: Narrative/Description)

List as many adjectives as you can to describe your favourite minibeast.

Imagine you are a spider living in somebody’s house and write a letter to these humans, complaining about their use of insect spray, how they scream at you every time they see you, how they dust the webs away you have worked very hard on etc. and suggest how things could change so you could all live in harmony. (Genre of writing: Persuasive)

Write an acrostic poem for the word Minibeast (Genre of writing: Poetry)

‘Who Am I?’ This will be the name of a card game you will create on minibeast. Think of 4 clues/descriptions about 10 minibeasts and write them on a card. See if a family member or friend can guess the minibeast! Perhaps it could be a two player game and you could be the quiz master! Then whoever has the majority of cards at the end wins.

Write an information report of your favourite minibeast. Remember to classify it, describe it, talk about its movements, habitats and feeding habits. Top Tip: You can find some free KS1 Information Report writing templates online.

Invent you own minibeast! Use your imagination – it can be anything and do anything you would like it to do! Draw or make it as a 3D model and then write a description about it. Remember to describe how it moves, what it looks like, what it eats, where it lives and how it defends/protects itself. Have fun with it! (Genre of writing: Description)