Brinsworth Manor Infant School


This week the Ants had a special delivery of baby caterpillars. It’s very exciting because we have been sharing the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and so we’re quite sure if we look after them really well, they will grow up to be butterflies! 

Ants have really enjoyed making bugs and creating a giant caterpillar for the wall. We’ve mixed colours and painted some wonderful worry monsters too! 

In maths we’ve enjoyed counting fruit and making lots of repeating patterns, we’ve even ordered our nursery day and made a calendar to countdown to when the caterpillars will become butterflies.  

Children loved the Monkey puzzle story so much that the class got invaded by monkeys which has led to lots of fun making dens and singing Cheeky monkey number songs! 

In P4C the children talked about what foods the Hungry Caterpillar ate and decided that although the chocolate cake and ice cream treats are really tasty the fruit was a healthier choice. 

We’ve enjoyed a snack picnic at Forest school and 

 On Forest school Friday we even turned ourselves into a giant long wriggly caterpillar! 

Forest School

As always there is so much more learning taking place than we can show in our post but here are a few other things we have been doing too!

Rumpelstiltskin Fairy Tale by Oxbridge Baby

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This week Ants have been reading the traditional tale ‘Rumplestiltskin’.  We have been thinking about making promises and have had some interesting discussions in our P4C sessions.  The children have loved exploring the bakery (linked to the story-Millers daughter), We linked our maths to this and ‘Elvis the Crow’ helped Miss Jackson count out the number of spoons of each ingredients to make buns and thus keep her promise to me, 

Mr. Nosey and the Beanstalk

Mr Nosy

What a busy week we have had in Ants again this week. The Magic Porridge Pot has gone. I sold it on to The Three Bears after our porridge flood in Nursery last week. This week has led us to explore with the curious Mr Nosy. Can you believe he found a beanstalk growing in his garden and was curious about what might be at the top. We helped him predict what he might find as we know all about beanstalks. We helped the Giant learn to eat with a knife and fork. A box arrived for Mrs Booth later in the week and we were very interested in what might be inside. Our P4C session explored if we should open parcels addressed to others even if we are curious about what is inside. We used 2d shapes to make Mr Men/Little Miss characters (Mrs Platts loved it-reminded her of her childhood).

Another busy week week of fabulous learning in the 🐜 Ants. This week we read the story of The Magic Porridge Pot to link with our work on hunger.  The children tasted porridge and then Miss Jackson forgot the magic words to tell the pot to STOP. We had a porridge flood in the nursery and needed to call for the Fire brigade.

This then led into our work on alternative Jack and the Beanstalk stories and ‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’. We then had a jelly bean flood and needed to sort the jelly beans into colour, tally the number of each, match colours to initial sounds and of course create a class sweet shop to sell the jelly beans, 

Wow Ants what a week! Well done you all worked so hard. 😀

Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk

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Jack and the Beanstalk

What an exciting week in Ants this week. We have enjoyed exploring the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  Mr Hewitt reported that he hadn’t seen his cat Dennis since the weekend and was worried he might have climbed up the beanstalk. We made missing cat posters and called in the Police to help us look for clues and investigate.  We received an enormous envelope with a letter from the Giant explaining that if we wanted Dennis to be let free from the Castle then we needed to tell Jack to send back the harp, the golden eggs and half of the gold coins (we had to workout half by sharing for our maths activity). Thanks to our hard work we are delighted to report that Dennis is back home with Mr Hewitt.  The children have been amazing this week and have explored some really thought provoking questions linked to the story.  In our ‘Philosophy for Children’ session we have discussed stealing and what made Jack take the harp, the eggs and the gold coins.  The children showed great empathy towards Jack and his circumstances e.g. being hungry but were very clear that stealing is wrong.  They want to make food parcels for children like Jack who may have hungry tummies and this is something we will be doing next week. They have also made harps and planted beans.  A fantastic week of learning. Well done Ants!

A busy week in Ants

National picnic 🧺 day