Minnows and Tiddlers

Welcome to our Tiddlers and Minnows class page.


On here, you will find some information about the topics we are covering at school. This page will be updated every few weeks.

Our Topic this term is Minibeasts. We kicked off our new Topic this week by reading The Ugly Bug Club and going on a minibeast hunt around school. During this topic we are going to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly using the text The Very Hungry Caterpillar and learning about the similarities and differences of snails and slugs using the text The Snail Trail. This Topic has links to the EYFS curriculum area of Understanding the World and through this topic I am hoping to instil in your child a curiosity about the natural world around them, an understanding of growth and changes over time and a desire to look after all living things.  
In Phonics, the Minnows continue to follow the Read, Write, Inc programme. This term we are focusing on being able to read all the Set 2 special friends and to successfully be able to blend simple CVC words. The Tiddlers continue to follow Phase 1 Phonics, singing lots of nursery rhymes, creating their own words and actions to well-known rhymes and exploring some instruments. 
The Minnows will begin to develop an understanding of numbers over 10. They will use real objects to build double digit numbers and will begin to add and subtract single digit numbers. They will also continue their work on one more and one less. The Tiddlers are continuing their learning on counting to 10 and recalling numbers in order. They will also begin learning about 2D shapes, they will be able to identify these shapes in and out of the classroom. 
This term the Minnows are completing their footwork unit. They will begin to develop the foundation skills needed to play a game of football by learning to keep control of a ball when moving around a space by themselves or with a partner. The Tiddlers are deepening their Physical Development by completing various outdoor activities such as, an obstacle course where they will need to balance, crawl, climb and jump. These activities take place in the Early Years outdoor space. 

Daily Timetable:

8:40-9:00: Settling in activities and Register 

9:00-9:45: Phonics 

9:20-11:10: Busy Learning. Adult-led activities. Snack Time. 

11:15-11:45: Topic lesson

11:45-1:15: Lunch 

1:15-1:30: Maths Lesson

1:30-2:30: Busy Learning. Adult-led activities. Quiet Time

2:30-3:00: Tidy Up and Story 

3:00-3:10: Home time 

Classroom Provision:

Throughout the day the children learn through a mixture of adult initiated activities and child led exploration.

The areas available to the children each day are:

  • Reading corner
  • Construction and Small world
  • Maths Table
  • Writing/ Mark making table
  • Art/ creative area
  • Role play area
  • Fine motor skills
  • Mud Kitchen
  • Sand Pit
  • Climbing frame
  • Understanding the world/ Investigation table