St Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God


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Living Things

Living Things


Click on the link to the topic web to find out what we will be learning this half term.
Click on the link for this half term's homework activity ideas.

  The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle


We have been learning the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird. We have been joining in with the key parts of the story and acting out the different characters.


The Bad Tempered Ladybird goes on a long journey and meets lots of other characters.


Can you remember all of the characters in the story? At home try and write a list of all the characters. 

What Bugs Me!

We wrote speech bubbles to say what makes us feel bad tempered!

We have been finding out about ladybirds. We made our own ladybirds and labelled them. Next we created a lift the flap fact book. We found out that -

  • There are lots of different types of ladybirds. Some are red with black spots, some are yellow and some are orange.
  • Ladybirds eat aphids and small caterpillars
  • Ladybirds have tiny wings under their shell. The shell is called an 'elytra'. It protects the delicate wings.
  • Ladybirds use their antennae to smell, touch and taste
  • The most common ladybird which we see in our garden is red with seven spots.

We made Ladybird head bands which show the life cycle of a ladybird. We found out that the ladybird lays eggs just like the butterfly. A tiny larvae comes out of the egg. It makes a chrysalis then turns into a beautiful ladybird.

In maths we have been adding and subtracting. 

We have really enjoyed finding out about different minibeasts. We have been finding them in the garden and using information books and the internet to learn lots of facts. We have been counting their legs, finding out if they can fly, counting their antennae and sorting them into groups.

We have enjoyed looking after our snails and finding out about them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle



We have really enjoyed reading the story of the hungry caterpillar. We re told the story using puppets and props and made our own story maps. We wrote our own version of the story. Ask your child to re tell their story to you at home.


We have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We are really enjoying watching our caterpillars grow. Some have even made a cocoon. We have learnt about the different types of caterpillars and butterflies. We have been using lots of exciting words to describe them. Have a look for caterpillars and butterflies in your garden or when you are out and about.

In Maths we have been looking at symmetrical patterns. We made folded paint prints to create our own symmetrical butterflies and matched the symmetrical sides on our maths working wall.

Jack and the Beanstalk

The children have really enjoyed watching the videos of Jack and the Beanstalk. After each episode we did a piece of writing. We have written FOR SALE posters, WANTED posters, thought bubbles, speech bubbles and recounts.

Click on the link below to watch the episodes at home.

Mrs Wolfenden had a special delivery! It was a packet of 'Magic Beans'. Mrs Addy was very silly and left them on the side. When we came back to school in the morning an enormous beanstalk had grown in our classroom. We wrote thought bubbles of what we might find at the top!. We had some super ideas!

We have been doing lots of measuring around school. We have used different things to measure with including giants feet, cubes, paper clips and even peas! Why not try measuring different things at home using peas. What other things can you use to measure?


We have been learning the words


  long        short       shorter       longer      shortest             shorter

We have been reading lots of non fiction books which give us instructions. We have followed instructions to plant beans and sunflower seeds.

We designed and made our own flowers then wrote instructions on how to grow them.

Why not try writing some instructions at home. Don't forget to start by drawing and labeling what you need then write your instructions in the correct order with numbers. 

We have been labeling plants. Can you match the labels to the correct parts of the plant and then say what a plant needs to grow?


   flower       petal      roots      leaf      stem      seeds                                           

We have been planting seeds and bulbs in our garden. We have plants which smell, plants which have different textures to feel and plants which we will be able to taste.



We found out that many plants give us fruit and vegetables. When the school nurse came to visit she told us that we must eat 5 fruit/vegetables every day to keep us healthy. 


We have planted potatoes, runner beans, peas, mint, lavender, black currant, wild flowers and dahlia bulbs.


In our floor books we have been investigating 'Living things' and 'Non living things'.



We found out that living things need food and water, breathe oxygen, grow and can move.  


We went on a search around school collecting items and taking photographs on our I pads of both living and non living things. We sorted them in our floor books.



We found out that living things are plants and animals. Did you know that people are animals?

Could you make a list of the living things you can find in your home and garden?

In maths we have been doing our own number investigations in the bean tray...



Doubling, halving and sharing

We have been finding out about halving, doubling and sharing. We have been doubling beans in Jack's magic bag, making cakes and sharing them between the animals and halving the pennies between Jack and his mum.