Today we released our butterflies!
When we arrived at school this morning, we found that the rest of the butterflies had emerged from their chrysalides over the weekend. During lunchtime today, Key Stage One gathered together to release the butterflies. Although it was warm, the sun had gone behind the clouds and the butterflies needed some encouragement to leave their home!
Wow- what a week! I never imagined that I would have so much to write about in my first week of blogging. I was quite surprised to discover that I have already had 121 views (though I have suspicions that many of them might be my mum: thanks Mum x)
So then- to the best of the pictures that haven’t yet made it to the blog. Appologies that none of the lovely pictures of the children can be shared here- but watch out for the school newsletter… I’ll see what can be done :).
This is the glorius sight that met me at 7:30am on Monday morning. I could hear the cheeping as soon as I walked through the door.
I moved the chicks into the brooder and they huddled together under the heat lamp. Later on, we taught them to eat by tapping our fingers on the food and making cheeping sounds (just like Mummy would!)
We were able to candle some of the eggs to take a look at what was going on inside. We saw lots of moving and when we held them up to our ears, could hear the pipping of the chicks as they chipped away at their eggshells as well as the cheeping coming from inside of the eggs!
The single butterfly that had wriggled out of its chrysalis hardly got a look in at first, when the children arrived to inspect the newly born chicks.
Within 15 minutes of the children arriving, chick number 8 was well on the way. I don’t think I need to tell you that we were more than a little late for assembly. This time we were ready and were able to capture the birth on video.
On Tuesday, once all the chicks had hatched, the butterflies became exciting for the children. We took some of the empty chrysalides out of the butterfly house and passed them around the class and researched exactly what was happening to the rest of our caterpillars. We found out some fascinating facts about the Painted Ladies too.
After our research, and unfortunate weather on Tuesday, we added some extra plants and flowers for the young butterflies to enjoy. Finally, on Thursday, we were able to release the butterflies.
Do you know, though, what really amazes me this week? Whilst the room has been buzzing (and, I felt, bording on chaotic at times) that the children have still managed to create some outstanding pieces of work. We have even writen some high quality instructional texts to the sound of background cheeping!
Well… I don’t know what I can do next week to keep up the pace… Oh, wait a moment… I’m on a French residential trip… “Ooh-la-la!” Watch this space…