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Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

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Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

We have had a very exciting arrival in nursery…caterpillars!

We are enjoying watching them grow and have been thinking about what might happen next. We have had lots of questions and have been finding out all about caterpillars and other critters…

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We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the children were very interested in how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. With a little toilet paper and some help from our friends we re-enacted it!

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After we had read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we thought about all the different foods he ate. Some of us weren’t sure of the names of the different fruits and vegetables and what they tasted like so we had a food tasting. Everybody was very brave and had a little taste of everything, even the sour grapefruit! Lots of children were surprised that they liked plums and asked for more…

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We had lots of fun playing with the fruits and vegetables inside and out. Some of the children even brought in fruits and vegetables from home…

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While we were thinking about fruits and vegetables we did some planting of our own outside.

We have been watching our caterpillars grow very carefully, they are getting bigger everyday, we are excited for them going into their cocoons.image

We had lots of questions about the caterpillars, here are the things we would like to try and find out…

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We are getting very good at sounding out our words. We sounded out words for things we knew about caterpillars and butterflies.

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We learnt about butterflies and symmetry. We used loose parts to make patterns and match the two sides.

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We had a challenge to get the caterpillar to the leaf. We thought of different ways to get the caterpillar up to the leaf. We tried stacking crates, making stairs out of bricks and tying string to the caterpillar…

 

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt alot about caterpillars – what they eat and how they grow

We learnt the names of different fruits and vegetables and tried new foods

We learnt about patterns, colours and symmetry

We sounded out words and wrote the sounds we knew

We thought of what we would like to know and asked questions

We learnt how to care for living things including insects and plants

We have been solving problems and working together finding ways to get the caterpillar to the leaf

How can you continue learning at home?

Look for insects in the garden or at the park

Do some planting in the garden and encouarge the children to care for and water the plants

Learn about patterns and colours drawing and painting symetrical butterflies and building models that are the same on both sides

Encourage children to taste small pieces of things they think they don’t like, they might be surprised!

 

UPDATE

Our butterflies arrived and on Friday it was time to let them go to live in the flowers…

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Lunches at Nursery

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This year in nursery, lunches are a little bit different. Now everybody stays for lunch and we all eat our lunch together. There is even a special nursery menu so we can have hot school dinners!

Lunches are a great learning opportunity for the children. Lots of talk and conversations happen at lunch time. It is a chance to practise fine motor skills including strength and coordination by opening packets and containers, cutting food with knives and forks and eating carefully with knives, forks and spoons. We learn to wait our turn, help our friends, be responsible for our own things and use our manners. We are becoming more independent every day doing things for ourselves like opening our packets and throwing our own rubbish in the bin. We are trying hard to eat with our cutlery and we have tried lots of different foods!

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We all eat our lunch together on the tables in nursery. It is nice and quiet in nursery and gives the children lots of chance to talk.

There is always a member of nursery staff with the children while they eat their lunch. There is also Mrs Mills who you might have seen with nurture group and Lois our lunch time supervisor.

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After we have finished our lunch we sit down to look at stories until our friends have finished. It is a good chance to practise our reading skills and share stories with our friends.

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