Our new topic is called 'All Creatures Great and Small'. We will be doing lots of cross-curricular work about Animals. In English we are going to be doing lots of different writing and reading of different texts, for example, reports, non-fiction booklets, posters etc. This topic is closely linked with our Science Topic and we will be studying Living Things and Life Cycles, growing and changing and obviously about all types of animals and their habitats. Our Painted Lady Caterpillars have arrived and our tadpoles will soon follow. We will watch these amazing creatures grow and change over the coming weeks. Keep checking back for photographs and regular updates of their progress through their fascinating life cycles.
Our ten teeny, tiny caterpillars have arrived. We have chosen names and are already fascinated by how small they are and can't imagine that they will ever grow to as big as Mrs Andrew's has told us they will! Their names are Rose, Poppy, Blossom, Snowdrop and Lily in one tub. In the other is Sprinkles II, Shimmer, Sparkles, Sugar and Summer.
We now have lots of tadpoles in a container in our classroom. They are very small at the moment.
However, our caterpillars are already noticeably bigger!
After the bank holiday weekend, our caterpillars have over doubled in size and our tadpoles are bigger again and beginning to eat the pond leaves.
After keeping the caterpillars in the warmer staff room, they are now eating more and have got even bigger and have shed their skin many times. The children are now able to see the parts of the caterpillar more clearly and are enjoying watching them move. They are starting to try to hang down from the top of the pot. The tadpoles are all looking bigger now although none have limb buds yet.
We have one chrysalis and 4 'j'shapes in one pot and 4 'j' shapes in the other pot. I think one has died unfortunately but the others seem to be doing all the right things!
Our little caterpillar that was in a j shape first, called Sprinkles 2 has not turned into a chrysalis so he has died. The others are now in their chrysalis and in the butterfly net garden, ready for the next stage...hatching!
After a busy few days of hatching, we were ready for release day. 9 butterflies were safely released and were much stronger fliers than I was expecting. Just one was placed on a leaf as he was very small and delicate still. The others loved the wind beneath their wings!
I RECORDED THE BUTTERFLY RELEASE BUT THE FILE IS TOO LARGE TO UPLOAD ON HERE SO I WILL PUT THE RECORDING ONTO THE CLASS SERVICE WHEN ITS DONE
Gorgeous little chicks. Thank you Mrs Sawyer!
In their chrysalis!
In the butterfly garden net, ready for hatching!
Much bigger after a weekend in the warm staffroom
Eating and eating and eating!
Observing the caterpillars carefully
Starting to climb
Observing the changes!
Go Noodle Chicken Dance!
Looking closely as they will change such a lot!
Our teeny, tiny caterpillars!