Monthly Classroom News

February 2020

General Info

Happy Chinese New Year! In February, our children will explore and learn about minibeasts and animals that can fly; birds and bats.

It is generally easy to see birds and minibeasts in the city. This is the perfect project for spring, with lots of scope for play and investigation outdoors. We can encourage children to observe how these animals differ from us, e.g. the various ways they move. Looking at minibeasts, in particular, can provide opportunities to learn about how we care for other creatures and for our environment.


Activities to do with your child:

  • Go on a minibeast hunt – outside in the park, but also inside with plastic/toy ones!
  • Make a special moment out of releasing any bugs you catch back into their natural habitat
  • Talk about the life cycle of birds and minibeasts
  • Talk about which animals can or cannot fly


There are some great books to go with our February theme. Look out for:

  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  • “The Bad Tempered Ladybird” by Eric Carle
  • “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle
  • “Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly?” by Ann Ingalls
  • “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell


  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Fly
  • Crawl
  • Wriggle
  • Insects
  • Caterpillar
  • Egg
  • Wings
  • Feather
  • Beak