As a staff we have put together some ideas and activities for your children to access whilst they continue to stay safe with you at home. We have added a variety of activities to suit your children's interests. We are very conscious, as a school, that everybody's family circumstances are very different, so please pick and choose activities that will interest your children the most and at a time that suits your family.
Extension of Caterpillar Project
The caterpillars in Reception have now gone through the final stage in their life cycle and become beautiful butterflies. They have since all been released into local gardens or the Reception play area at school. It has been fascinating watching the caterpillars turn into adult butterflies with videos being posted on the school Facebook page.
Mrs Bews (Science Lead) has put together some information about butterflies for your children to learn about the final stage of the life cycle at home.
At this time of year, if the children were at school, those in Reception would be closely monitoring the life cycle of a butterfly. As the children are always so fascinated by this process and enjoy watching the frequent changes; the Reception teachers didn't want to miss the opportunity, so are continuing with this activity, but at home rather than school!
Mrs Bews is our Science Lead for the school and she will be posting pictures and photos to the school Facebook page and school website (Reception page) to show the development of the caterpillars over the next few weeks. As we know that so many children are interested and often very enthusiastic about nature we thought it would be a good idea for the whole school to focus on the same theme as the caterpillars continue their life cycle.
Mrs Bews has put together some science related information for the children below. Depending on their year group, some will need more support with these activities than others (particularly with the reading element). You can of course adapt any of the resources in any way or even research the life cycle of other animals. If your children have not been particularly keen to write over the past few weeks; keeping a diary may give them more of a sense of purpose!
A good start (whatever your child's age) would be to read "The Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle together - the children could then make their own book or write a similar story but change some elements and make their own illustrations - they could even entertain you by acting out the story! I'm sure they will enjoy making books to show the life cycle and different stages - another great opportunity to write, but illustrate too!
Please enjoy this project with your children and let them be as creative as possible - although we have given you some ideas below, there are so many other resources, websites, books and ideas on the internet. We look forward to seeing your ideas - please share with your class teachers via the class email addresses.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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