The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Hello everyone,
This week we have another story by Eric Carle, The Very Busy Spider.   It is a wonderful story about a spider busily making his web.  Although the farmyard animals are friendly and ask him to join them in their games, she won’t be distracted from the work at hand.  A good lesson to remember as children get ready for their transitions into Reception.  Attention to detail is always important, just ask The Very Busy Spider!
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During Literacy  we have sequenced the story.  What came first, next, then, after that and what happened finally.  By looking at the details in the spider’s web you can see how it develops.  First there is only one strand of spider silk, next there are more lines, then she’s made a small circle in the middle of her web, after that she catches a fly and finally she goes to sleep.
The patterns on webs are not all the same so we have been looking at patterns in Maths and have used shapes to make simple patterns.  A pattern is the same thing again and again and again and again.  The patterns on minibeasts are also a fabulous example of patterns and can link into symmetry.  See if your child can recognise simple patterns and make them.
Spiders are incredibly important to our environment.  Please don’t kill them!  Scoop them up carefully using a glass and a piece of paper then drop them outside.  They really do make a difference to how many pesky flies are about.  In class we’ve decided that they’re not pretty minibeasts like butterflies but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be nice to them!!  They are amazing creatures who are far more scared of us than we are of them.

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence