Our Current Topic

I find that following a topic based on the interests and development of the children, helps to embed what they are learning, challenges them to explore and find out what else is possible and encourages them to acquire new skills. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I'Personal, Social and Emotional development

  • Vary activities so that children are introduced to different materials and new experiences.

  • Make sure that children have opportunity to move outside, choosing the right outdoor clothing for the weather.

  • Name and talk about a wide range of feelings. Its ok to be cross or sad, why do we feel like that? what would make us feel better?  

  • Talk about and model being kind and gentle when looking at and handling caterpillars and other mini beasts.

Communication and Language

  • Provide themed small world play and encourage the vocabulary that goes with this: butterlfy, caterpillar, apple, pears etc.

  • Play whats in the box with plenty of opportunties for dissusion about what rhymes the different objects could represent.

  • New rhyme- Caterpillar caterpillar wriggle about, Caterpillar caterpillar growing stout, Caterpillar caterpillar in your house, Caterpillar caterpillar butterfly soon.


Prime areas

Physical Development

  • Play out, providing adequate clothing for the weather.

  • Provide lots of opportunities for mine motor practice- themed lacing board, post.ing food in the caterpillar

  • Encourage the children to join in with the actions at singing time using grand and fine motor movements.

  • Encourage independence putting on coats and wellies- good fine motor practice doing buttons, zips and buttons.

  • Look at healthy food using the food the very hungry caterpillar eats.

This is just a snap shot of what we are doing, my planned activities simply provide a spring board for children to come come up with their own ideas. The children will also follow their own interests and investigations.



Expressive Arts and Design

  • Collect resourses on walks such as sticks and leaves and use these to create caterpillars and butterflies with both indoors and out.

  • Encourage movement to music- who can be a wriggly caterpillar or a fluttery butterfly?

  • Use loose parts to create caterpillars and butterflies.


Understanding the world

  • Small world play- use  a toy spider and a cardbord tube to represent a spout.

  • Continue to grow and care for our plants.

  • Observe caterpillars and other mini beasts when we find them.

  • Observe our caterpillars in our habitat as they grow and become butterflies


Specific areas


  • Story- The very hungry caterpillar.

  • Lots of threading and playdough activities to strengthen little fingers in readiness for writing.

  • Markmaking - Always ensure there are materials out to encourage mark making.

  • Provide a text rich environment with illustrated rhymes displayed. Encourage interaction with these resources.

Mathematical Development

  • Count everything in the story.

  • Provide 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums ect.

  • Use number words in meaningful contexts, e.g. ‘Here is your other mitten. Now we have two’.

  • Shape Space and Measure

  • Provide a range of objects of various textures and weights in treasure baskets to excite and encourage little ones interests.

  • Encourage little ones to explore size and shape, talk about growing and our caterpillars getting bigger, look at little and big.

  • Use circles to create caterpillars and butterflies.