Key Stage One and Reception had a lovely time at the beach this week. After collecting and identifying shells and other objects on the beach, the children competed to see which team could build the best sandcastle. We then explored the rock pools and shared and identified the sea creatures that we found. Before we returned to school, we even managed to squeeze in a picnic. Thank goodness the rain held off!
It has been another very exciting day here as we have watched our butterflies emerging. Three weeks ago, we received our tiny new-born caterpillars and watched them eat and eat and grow bigger and bigger. The children were surprised at how hairy they were! They were also surprised to discover that caterpillars spin silk so they can attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf for their metamorphosis. After nearly two weeks, when we came in on Monday morning, we saw that our caterpillars were all inside their chrysalides. The children have been waiting and watching all week and when we arrived at school this morning, the first of our butterflies had emerged!
We had to put our other learning on hold for the day so that we could find out more about Painted Ladies and the life cycles of butterflies. It has been a very interesting and exciting day!