This week our caterpillars are chrysalides. After eating so much and they store enough energy, they climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to the underside of the lid. They will hang in a ‘j’ shape, moult one last time and harden into chrysalides.
To celebrate this exciting event, Luke, our dance teacher introduced a caterpillar song and a dance routine.
Something very exciting happened this week: caterpillars!
we had a special delivery of 5 tiny and very hungry caterpillars and by the end of the week, they were already turning in big fat caterpillars, just like in our core book. Everyone enjoyed observing the caterpillars daily and children were amazed at how much they grew in just a few days.
The caterpillars were the inspiration for maths this week as children created ABAB sequences using two colours. Then, they used a marker to add some details to their creation and to make them look like caterpillars.
In literacy, children tested how well they know ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, by sequencing the story and even making their own version.
This week the children put together all the printing skills learnt during the last two weeks to create pictures of flowers. They look amazing and will make a beautiful display. They also learnt about the parts of the flower and I supported with the book 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle, who is the same author and illustrator of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
We also used printing techniques to create patterns for ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
This week we have introduced more vegetables to our printing creations: peppers, broccoli and beetroot, a vegetable that does not need paint to print on paper when it is cooked!
In Maths, we have used brown play dough and beans and we have pretended they were soil and seeds to ‘grow’ numbers. The number of beans hidden in the soil, were represented by pressing the matching Numicon shape on the play dough.
The topic for Summer 1 is ‘In the Garden’.
we have started by learning different vegetables that grow in the garden like potatoes, parsnips, peppers and broccoli. We will use them all to create printed artwork. The following pictures show children using their fine motor skills and imagination to create collaborative pieces of work by printing on large format paper using parsnips and potatoes.
I have also introduce the core book for the term: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
We are starting a new topic this term: 'In The Garden'