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This week in Fledglings we have been reading the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar.’ The children have been threading pipe cleaners through pictures of the fruit that the Caterpillar eats in the story. Also, the children have been making symmetry butterflies by painting one side of the paper and then printing onto the other side to make the butterflies wings identical. It was very messy. But fun!

The children in Cygnets have been very involved with “The Hungry Caterpillar” story. They have counted the amount of fruit that the caterpillar ate every day. They have threaded paper fruit onto a caterpillar, which we have hung from the classroom ceiling. They all did this with great confidence. The children knew the story so well, so they knew the caterpillar ate lots of food before it turned into a butterfly. We have made a beautiful butterfly for our classroom display. The children worked collaboratively on this, sticking small shiny paper to some wings with lots of glitter. It looks amazing. We have a days of the week chart on the wall where the children have been telling me how many of a particular fruit the caterpillar ate and on what day. They have then placed the pictures on the correct day. The children have visited the chicks again this week, and they have grown lots. This has been a valuable experience for the children to see such growth in such a short space of time.

The children in Swans have had such a lovely week, with lots of opportunity to hold the chicks, which are growing fast. The children have been asking lots of questions such as what do they eat? What do they drink? Will they get big feathers? What colour will they be? Which ones are boys and which ones are girls?
The children have been very busy creating a story about a caterpillar ‘Our Hungry Caterpillar’ choosing different fruit and foods for the caterpillar to eat. They have also been creating pictures to form a display alongside the story.

This week the children in Reception have been learning a little bit about how palaeontologists have been able to show us what dinosaurs looked like. Our ‘dinosaur dig’ was absolutely amazing and it was so lovely to watch the children measuring and weighing bones in our woods. Our class museum provided shopping opportunities and our box of fossils led to children creating dinosaur imprints using ‘Plaster of Paris.’ The children enjoyed writing dinosaur names in capital letters using a matching lower case and upper case card.

The children in Early Years have completed their take on the Artist, Constables “The Glebe Farm”. They have decorated the chickens with water colours and finished the effect with a damp sponge. These were then placed on the famous background. They look very effective on our classroom windows.

The Cygnets classroom is continuing to look very colourful, with our “Hungry Caterpillar” and beautiful butterfly taking centre stage.

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