Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Mrs Catterall isn't keen on spiders, but she was very brave when we found one in the classroom and she caught it for us, for a little while, to observe!  We counted that the spider has 8 legs and is therefore not an insect. We saw its large abdomen where it stores the eggs and we saw its two palps…

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Painted Lady Butterflies

The Ducklings and Little Chicks were so excited to see the butterflies that had emerged from thier cocoons. They enjoyed spotting all of the different parts of the butterfly's body and loved watching its curly tongue (proboscis) drinking.

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Our butterflies are released!

This week we got to say a happy 'hello' and a sad 'goodbye' as our amazing painted lady butterflies were released. The children were captivated watching them fly off onto their exciting new adventure. We are hoping to see them around our outdoor area over the next few weeks. 

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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

We have celebrated the Platinum Jubilee in lots of different ways this week. We have been making bunting, chalking and painting flags, making crowns to wear, role playing afternoon tea parties in the home corner, finding out facts about Queen Elizabeth, sharing family memories about past jubilee…

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The Butterfly Life Cycle

The children have been using different types of pasta to represent each stage of the butterfly life cycle and then labelling the different stages.

They are excited each day, to observe the caterpillars and see how they have changed! They had all turned into cocoons just before we broke up for…

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Butterfly life cycle

We are loving having our own caterpillars in the class to watch grow and change. We have been learning the life cycle of how a butterfly grows and changes. Ask them to tell you the big, long, new word beginning with 'm' that describes growing through big changes.

They have been ordering and…

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Our Bean Investigation

A few weeks ago we planted some beans and have been growing them under different conditions to find out what plants need to help them grow the best.  We gave all of the beans soil.  We gave no water but light to one bean. We gave water and soil, but no light to another and then one of the beans…

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Understanding the World Growing plants and seeds

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Visiting Lambs

This morning we had some really cute visitors.

Mrs Richardson very kindly arranged for her sister and Grandad to bring in two lambs from their farm. 

  

Mrs Richardson told us that these two lambs are one week old and were each taken from their mum's as they had had twins and were first…

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Signs of Spring

The Ducklings have been on a welly walk to look for signs that spring has sprung! They were able to spot spring flowers starting to bloom, buds developing on branches and even a few tiny minibeasts!

Look at the gallery here...

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Holi Celebrations

This week the Ducklings have been learning about the Spring Hindu festival of Holi.  It is celebrated with a colourful, messy surprise, throwing colourful paint at each other!!  The Ducklings have been exploring spraying coloured paints outside and making colourful handprints.
Inside they have…

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Science Week - Growing Frogs

Once again, frogspawn has made its annual appearance in our garden tough spot, just in time for our science week about the theme of 'Growth.'

The children will watch with interest over the next few weeks to see how it grows and changes. We have learnt a new word this week, 'metamorphosis.'

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Science week - Trees

As part of Science week we went outside to explore the trees in our school grounds and to find the answers to the following questions:

How can you tell if something is from a tree?

Which objects are not part of a tree?

How many types of tree do you know?

What comes from a tree? Does…

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