We’ve had some visitors in our classroom for the last few weeks. It has been wonderful watching our tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies right before our eyes.
Look how tiny the caterpillars were when they first arrived.
This is what we had to say when our caterpillars first arrived.
They ate and ate and ate and grew and grew and grew! Quickly the doubled and trebled in size. Can you see all five caterpillars in there?
Soon they were ready to spin their cocoons and start becoming butterflies. We knew they were ready because they hung upside down.
While our caterpillars were growing and getting ready to become butterflies we decided we wanted to learn about caterpillars and butterflies. We talked about how they’d got bigger and what would happen to them next. We also thought about if we knew any stories about caterpillars. Everybody remembered seeing The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle before.
We decided we’d like to try all the fruit just like the Hungry Caterpillar had done. Miss Parker set us a challenge though…. we had to think of as many words as we could to describe the taste of the fruit instead of always saying nice or yummy. Miss Parker wanted to know why it was nice and yummy. We also found out our favourite class fruit. Can you remember which fruit was the most popular?
We tried to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in words and in writing. The children decided they’d like to tell their families the story at our next storytelling workshop. Look out for the date coming soon. We are starting to write more and more and Miss Parker tried to trick us by making mistakes when she was writing. We were just too clever though and managed to fix them all.
We had such a busy time learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Look what our families had to say when they looked in our floor book.
We’d loved having our caterpillars then butterflies in the classroom and really enjoyed watching them as they moved and began to fly more and more.
Finally it was time to say goodbye to our butterflies and let them go and fly out in the real world. Although they loved our classroom it was time to let them see the rest of the world. I wonder where they are now? Keep looking to see if they come and visit you in your garden.
What have we been learning?
- About the life cycle of Caterpillars and Butterflies.
- To retell a known story using story language.
- To think of as many words to describe taste as possible.
- To try new foods we might not have had before.
- To look for patterns in stories and the environment around us.
- To look after animals who need us to be careful and considerate.
- To write our ideas in sentences.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Look for butterflies in your garden. What do they look like? Can you find out which species of butterfly they are?
- Can you explain the life cycle to a grown up? For an extra challenge can you draw or write about the Butterfly Life Cycle.
- Can you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and tell it to a grown up? Remember to use the special story language we used in school.
- We will be holding our storytelling event in the last week of the half term. Look out for more information coming soon.