Today we are looking for any changes. You might notice that the caterpillars have grown, but they are still quite small.
Can you see the silky strands of web in the pot? Here’s some information about this
Here’s some information about how long it will take and what the little black bits are in the pot.
“Your caterpillars will eat, spin silk and grow for approximately 7 to 10 days before changing into chrysalides. If your environment is hot and humid, your caterpillars will develop more quickly. During this incredible period of growth, they will shed their exoskeletons four times and grow more than 10 times their original size!”
Wow so they are going to grow much much bigger. I better do the second day of my caterpillar diary quickly then.
Now I look back I can see that they are already much bigger. I can also see their legs more clearly.
I wonder if they like the hot weather and that’s why they’ve grown so much.
Can you think of any stories that you might know about a caterpillar?
This is the one that I was thinking of. It’s Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar! If you know it you could join in.
The summer is always the time when we spend lots of time exploring living things in the garden and thinking about life cycles. We would be watching our plants grow and mature, and noticing all the mini beasts that visit our garden. With this in mind a package arrived for us today..
I wonder what’s inside? Are there any clues on the box?
It says butterfly garden. I wonder if there are butterflies inside. Let’s open it and see.
I can’t see any butterflies but there’s a pot with something wriggling around. Let’s have a look
Can you see them. They’re tiny and black and they move quite fast. Do you know what they are?
That’s right. They are tiny caterpillars
Let’s take a closer look….
Can you see all five of the caterpillars? 1 2 3 4 5
I wonder what the brown sludgy stuff is at the bottom of the pot?
What do you think it is. It looks like they’re eating it. I think it’s their food.
Apparently it’s mashed up nettles.
Here’s the link to find out more information and to answer any questions that you might have.
For this to work, we need you to capture your child’s performance at home, and then send it to us. We will then combine the recordings from each year group.
We encourage children to have as much fun as possible creating the videos, dressing up, singing, dancing. Make it enjoyable. There is no pressure to sound perfect. Teachers will have given guidance in home learning.
Playing and Recording
Download and play the guide track above for you child’s year group on one device (device A), making sure your child knows the song.
Find a quiet place with good light to make the recording.
Use a separate device (device B) to record the performance. This should be whichever device has the best camera.
In order to sing in time and in tune, your child will need to hear the music playing from device A through earphones while they perform.
The resulting video should not include the backing music.
Tip: Record close to your child to avoid having too much echo in the room. This tends to improve the overall sound.
If your child’s performance includes dance, it may be best to record an audio/sound file (voice note) separately. Please send both files in the same way.
Naming Videos (very important)
Please rename your files before sending (ChildName_class_song). It will really help the editing process.
Due to the large size of video files, you may need to use a service such as WeTransfer, Gdrive, OneDrive or Dropbox. If you have problems with sending your video, it would be very helpful to us if you would ask friends for support, only contacting the school as a last resort.
If you are able to choose the subject line of the email you send, please include the same information as the file name.
The above email address is a shared mailbox which will be monitored for submissions only.
The Event – 7pm, Monday 20th July
The event will be a live, free, publicly viewable stream on the internet. Feel free to invite family and friends to watch. The link to the stream will be shared nearer the time and will be posted on the school website.
NB:We will treat your sending of video and audio files as consent to use your child’s image and performance in this way. For this reason, we ask that you send the file from your own email account, and not that of your child.
It’s story time it’s story time shhh…. listen with your ears and look with your eyes, hands in your lap ready for the story. It’s story time it’s story time. Let’s listen to Errols Garden by Gillian Hibbs
Here is the blurb for this lovely new book…
Errols love’s gardening, but t he doesn’t have a real garden. Although his home is full of beautiful plants, he longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things.
A chance discovery leads to a solution, but Errol can’t do everything on his own. Luckily, help is at hand.
A heartwarming and inclusive tale about how one small boys dream of a garden unites a diverse community in a positive and enriching experience for everyone.
I hope you enjoyed listening to this story. I wonder what you would grow in your own garden if you could start from scratch like Errol did.
You could make your own garden plan, if you fold a piece of paper up then you can draw all the things you’d like to grow in your garden
This activity will need a good deal of adult supervision but is a really good way to develop hand eye co ordination, as well as strengthening hand muscles.
You will need some bottle tops, some nails, a smallish or lightweight hammer and a length of timber. If you don’t have any timber you could use a tree stump.
We’ve done some woodwork at nursery so some of the children have an awareness of how to hold the hammer and how to tap the nail in.
If you make the holes in the bottle tops then children can then hold the bottle top to tap the nail in. They should start slowly then they can build up to some strong hammering. by holding the bottle top they’re able to keep the nail steady without hurting their fingers.
One of the areas of the physical development curriculum is concerned with children using tools carefully so most children have an awareness this.
If you don’t feel like letting them lose with a real hammer, there’s always tap tap which has similar benefits.
And here’s a link to little rabbit foo foo, all about a rabbit who doesn’t use his tools safely!
These are NOT the backing tracks to use for your recordings. These are to help with learning the songs. The tracks for recording will be posted by Wednesday evening and you’ll get an email. It is important that everyone uses the correct track for the recording, or we’ll all be singing out of time!
Whole School – Space Oddity
Whole School – I’m Coming Out
Year 1 – Dinosaur Song
Year 2 – Fire Songs
Year 3 – “In the Mood” (from 1:20)
Year 4 – “Let Me Take You To Rio” (learn Chorus only)