Our topic for Summer One has been Mad about Minibeasts. Five tiny caterpillars arrived after half term and we watched them grow and grow, eat and eat and become big and fat. The caterpillars made a cocoon around themselves and we had to wait for two weeks before one of them nibbled its way through the cocoon and out popped a butterfly. We were able to film one of the caterpillars hatching. When all the caterpillars had hatched, we fed them with sugary water and flowers. We then left them for a couple of days to dry their wings and then released them outside. This experience helped us to sequence the life cycle of a butterfly and talk about how butterflies and some other insects have symmetrical patterns. Now we know what ‘symmetrical’ means. If you’re not sure what symmetrical means, then ask a Clever Kitten. We have had some amazing home learning around our topic of minibeasts. Children made bug hotels at home and also at school, using 3D shapes to create them. We used magnifying glasses to go on a minibeast hunt and explore their habitats.
We have been making comparisons between objects relating to length, using specific techniques, such as lining up insects from the same starting point, discussing which bugs are long and which are short. We have also been excited to introduce Concept Cat, (who is a Clever, Clever Cat) to understand the vocabulary of capacity, talking about full and empty.
The Clever Kittens have talked about and identified the patterns around them. For example: stripes on animals, designs on socks and other clothing. We have created repeating patterns, using Duplo, cotton reels and sticks/leaves.
To end the term we made bugs in jelly, giving us the opportunity to change materials from one state to another. We added hot water to the wobbly jelly which turned the jelly to a liquid. Then we added bugs and put the mixture in the fridge. Later, we looked at the mixture again and it had returned to its original state and good enough to eat, Yuk!
What a creepy crawly half term both at school and home!