Release Day

Hello everyone,

The butterflies have been fluttering around the butterfly farm for a few days and we have really enjoyed observing them…

They have enjoyed taking nectar from the flowers and fruit that we have given them.

Did you know that if the weather is too cold, butterflies cannot feed or fly? It’s really important that the temperature is above 12Β°. I checked the weather prediction for today and it was going to be quite warm in the afternoon. We decided that today was the day!

Carefully, we carried the butterfly farm to the garden and found a safe spot where they could be placed. They will need somewhere to rest, drink some nectar and test their wings before they get ready to fly away to find somewhere to lay their eggs.

I thought that the butterflies might like to get some nectar from these pretty flowers. This type of flower is called ranunculus.

I will be sad to see the butterflies fly away but watching them test their wings whilst they were getting ready to fly gave me an idea to be able to remember them for a while longer! I thought I would make some of my own butterfly wings and collect some natural objects to decorate them.

First I found some paper, a pencil, scissors and some PVA glue.

Then, I drew the shape of the butterfly wings on the paper and cut it out using the scissors.

After that, I took the wings and the PVA glue into the garden and found some flowers that I could take a few petals and leaves from without hurting or damaging them. You would be best to ask an adult which flowers and leaves are safe for you to use when doing this activity.

I put the glue on the wings and arranged the petals and leaves so that they looked pretty.

This will help me to remember my butterflies now that they are flying free! I’m going to put it on my fridge so I can see it often!

Usually, I would talk to you about naming them on release day…but because we can’t be together at the moment, I haven’t named them. I wonder if you could help me? What should we name them? Please comment on the blog or send your suggestions to me by emailing postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Stay safe and have fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Beautiful Butterflies

Hi ARP1,

I woke one morning this week to the sound of fluttering! Something exciting had happened….

Our first butterfly has appeared!

The red liquid looks like blood, but it is not. The liquid is left over from inside the chrysalis when the butterfly was a caterpillar. It has a special name – meconium. So don’t worry, the butterfly is fine, it just doesn’t need it anymore!

Over the next few days, another two butterflies appeared.

You know how much I am inspired by watching the caterpillars and butterflies, so this week I thought that I would make something to show the butterfly life cycle using things that I already had around the house.

1. First, I found a kitchen roll tube and cut it slightly to make it smaller. This is going to be the chrysalis. You could always papier mache a bigger chrysalis if you are feeling extra creative!

2. Next, I painted the tube to look like a chrysalis by looking at a photo and mixing some paints to make the colour I needed.

3. Whilst the chrysalis was drying, I found some paper and drew some butterfly wings and cut them out. I used a peg for the body.

Here are some other ideas of things to use when making a butterfly.

4. After that, I needed to make a caterpillar. I drew some circles on some green paper and stuck them together to make a caterpillar, then decorated them using pens.

Here are some other ways to make a caterpillar.

5. Finally, I put them all together to show the life cycle of a butterfly.

In goes the caterpillar……

Out comes the butterfly!

I didn’t buy anything special for my craft this week, I just used things that I already had in the house. Use your creativity to find things to use to make yours!

I hope that you will try and have a go at this, we would love to see some photos of whatever you do this week! Please email them to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s butterfly update!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Comfy Chrysalis

Hello everyone!

Something very special has happened to the caterpillars! I thought that you might like to see….

The caterpillars have formed their chrysalis!

My caterpillars formed their chrysalis at the bottom of the tub this time, I am not sure why! Can you remember from my last blog what ‘frass’ is? I didn’t think it was very nice for the caterpillars to be on it whilst they were in their chrysalis, so I scooped them out very carefully using a plastic spoon and placed them on some kitchen roll at the bottom of the butterfly farm.

Usually, they climb to the top of the tub and use their silk to attach themselves safely to the lid before they start building their chrysalis.

Once they are safely attached, they shed their caterpillar skin and make their chrysalis. Once it is formed it will keep them safe as they hang very still whilst the magic is happening inside.

Here is a close up of a chrysalis, it is very intricate!

Even though my caterpillars haven’t attached themselves to the top of the tub and are now on the bottom of the butterfly farm, they will be OK and will still go through the changes as normal. It’s an exciting time now, no one knows exactly when they will emerge so I will need to check on them everyday to see whether the butterflies have made an appearance!

Whilst we are waiting for them, I thought that I would have a caterpillar race with my children! It was such good fun! Have a look at the photos below to see our race!

Would you like to have a go with a member of your family too? They were really easy to make, you will need some paper, scissors, straws and pens or pencils. We didn’t decorate ours, but you could if you wanted to!

Here is a link to a video that will show you how to make a caterpillar to race with:

Keep in touch, we would love to hear what you have been doing at home with your families, and if you make a caterpillar please do send in some photos so that we can see!

Please send any photos to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for more caterpillar updates next week!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Salt Dough Critters

Hello again everyone, I hope you have had a fun week at home and are staying safe and well. This week it has been a bit wet and rainy outside, so I decided to do an indoor mini beasts activity. I made a batch of salt dough, and used it to make my own minibeasts. This is how I did it.

First I measured out 2 containers of flour. I used a small yoghurt pot to measure as flour is a bit tricky to find in the shops at the moment, but this amount of flour made plenty of dough. Then I poured the flour in to a large bowl.
Then I measured out 1 container full of salt and added it to the bowl.
Next, I measured one container full of water and added it to the bowl.
Then I used a fork to mix the ingredients. When it got very tough I had to use my hands to push it together to form a dough.
I turned the dough out on to the work surface and kneaded it until it became smooth and easy to work with.
When my salt dough was ready, I used it to make my minibeasts. I decided to make a worm, a ladybird, a bee, a butterfly and a caterpillar, but you can make whatever minibeasts you want.
Now I am going to leave my minibeasts to dry, but you can put them in the oven at 140C if you want them to dry quicker. How long they take will depend on how big and thick they are, so keep an eye on them.

Crawling Caterpillars

Hello everyone! I hope that you are keeping safe and well at home with your families, we miss seeing your happy faces each day and would love to see what you are getting up to at home!

As our new summer topic is all about minibeasts, I thought that you might like to see what is happening with my caterpillars!

You can find the link to the summer minibeast topic here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xTqYDmR5LEFcqbarBnlbewuKVJERPjFu

The caterpillars have grown so big since I last blogged about them!

They have been eating the food in their tub and the tub is now a little messy! Those little balls at the bottom of the tub are β€œfrass”, or caterpillar waste. It means the caterpillars are healthy – and are eating and growing!

The caterpillars are getting ready to form their chrysalis

We know that caterpillars need to eat lots so that when they form their chrysalis, they have enough energy whilst they transform in to a butterfly. This transformation is called metamorphosis.

Luckily, these Painted Lady caterpillars have food in their tub to give them energy but in the wild they would have to find food to eat. Do you know what they would eat in the wild?

You might see these types of plants if you go out for a walk on your daily exercise, Painted Lady butterflies and caterpillars love them. Be careful if you do see them when you are out and about, stinging nettles will sting you if you touch them and thistles are spiky!

I have been watching the caterpillars a lot and noticed that they move around so much. They climb up, down, around, over, under, on, off, in and out of things – it reminded me of when we were learning about prepositions in maths.

Here is a caterpillar climbing up and down the netting of the butterfly farm.

This gave me a brilliant idea! I thought that to keep fit, I could create an obstacle course in my house and garden to help me keep fit! Here are some photos of me doing my course…

Now I’ve had my turn, it’s over to you! My challenge to you is below – ask an adult to help you so that you are safe. They could even take some photos of you having lots of fun!

What do you think? I hope that I’ve inspired you to have a go yourself! I’d love to hear your comments! Please comment below on the blog or email them into postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

I’ll post another caterpillar update next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Minibeasts Summer Project.

Hello everybody! I hope you are all okay and staying safe at home. Last week, we put a new project on the Home Learning section of the website for the summer term, all about Minibeasts.

You can on this link to view the summer project. https://sites.google.com/rushallict.co.uk/education-continuity/arp#h.wpywc9e4o06q

There are lots of ideas on there for activities you can do all about minibeasts. I thought I would try some of them out too. This week I made a small minibeast house. You could try this at home, using an empty milk carton. some lollipop sticks and some sticks you can find in the garden, or if you go out for a walk near your house.

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First I found an empty milk bottle and gave it a good wash so it wasn’t smelly.
Then I cut the milk bottle in half. I had to use a sharp knife so it is definitely a job for a grown up helper.
I turned the milk bottle on it’s side and started filling it with sticks. I used sticks of different shapes and sizes to leave different size gaps for insects to hide in.
When I had filled my milk bottle with sticks, I placed it in my garden. I put it by a plant that attracts a lot of bees and other minibeasts.
My dog Truffle came to see what I was doing. We will have a look next week to see if we have got any visitors.

I would love to see what minibeast activities you have been up to. You can comment on the blog, or send pictures of what you have done to:

postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Please put my name in the subject line so it gets to me.

Take care and have a fun week,

Miss Kindon πŸ™‚

Happy Easter!

Hello ARP1,

It is so strange not being able to go to school! We really miss seeing your happy faces each day but hope that you are staying safe and well at home with your families.

We think about you often and are wondering what you have been doing to keep yourself busy? If you would like to share with us any of the activities, home learning tasks or Easter activities you have been doing, please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk, we would love to see them!

As we’re keeping safe at home with our families too, we thought that you might like to see what we’ve been up to after we have finished doing our school work….

Miss Kindon loves to be outside and has been spending time in her garden with her children and pets. Whilst doing some gardening, she spotted some creatures that you may recognise. Can you name them?

She spotted a butterfly and a ladybird! Our classes are called those names too!

What can you see out of your window or in your garden? You may have to stand quietly for a while, but you could spot some birds or mini beasts flying around now that the weather is getting warmer.

Mrs Binks has been helping her boys with their school work at home and has enjoyed doing some rainbow themed art with them. In addition to this, she had a special delivery last week….

The photo on the left was taken on the day they arrived. The caterpillars are so tiny! The photo on the right was taken today. After eating lots of food, look how much the caterpillars have grown in one week!

You might like to watch and listen to Singing Hands read and sign Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a grown up. There are lots of useful signs to use when taking about caterpillars, butterflies, food and days of the week. Here is the link https://singinghands.co.uk/makaton-signed-story/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-signed-story/

Miss Atkins has been going for a walk as her daily exercise but keeping her distance from other people she may see on her way so she stays safe. What a good way to keep fit! What you have been doing to keep active?

Mrs Chappell has been working hard with her girls, helping them to do their school work. After they’ve finished, they have been doing some planting in their garden. Have you done any gardening?

Mrs Dempster has also been very busy helping her children with their school work and had lots of fun playing games with them afterwards. Have you played any games at home?

Keep an eye on our class page too, there may be some new home learning tasks that you may wish to complete with your families https://sites.google.com/rushallict.co.uk/education-continuity If you have any questions about this please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter and hope that the Easter bunny brings you lots of yummy Easter eggs!

Please stay safe and have lots of fun! We hope to be back at school with you soon!

Miss Kindon, Mrs Binks, Mrs Dempster, Miss Atkins and Mrs Chappell x

Sports Relief Welly Walk

ARP1 donned their wellies for a whole school welly walk around our school field in aid of Sports Relief.

The atmosphere was buzzing and it was wonderful to see so many happy, smiley faces all walking in their wellies for such a good cause.

Beat the Bird!

West Bromwich Albion Foundation visited us today for a whole school sponsored penalty shoot out competition. We were really excited to meet Baggie Bird!

We did our good waiting so each of us could take some penalties. We cheered and clapped for our friends showing just how kind we are to each other.

We had lots of fun showing off our superb football skills!

Top Gardeners

ARP1 have had a wonderful afternoon in the glorious sunshine undertaking gardening maintenance in the allotment area. The children were shocked to see how many weeds had grown over the winter.

The children discussed the names of the equipment we would need to use to tidy the area.

“Noah needs gloves!” said Noah.

Oskar used a trowel to dig the weeds up.

Zachary asked “What’s this?” and picked up a gardening fork. He also used a hand held rake to check the soil for weeds after he had finished digging them up.

After digging and pulling up all the weeds, Aiman enjoyed transporting the weeds to the bin.

Once the allotment was clear, the children discussed what they should plant in it.

“We should sprinkle some seeds now” said Noah.

“Carrots” signed Carlo.

“Tomato” signed Logan.

The children planted carrots, raddish, lettuce and tomatoes in pots and have put them inside the classroom where it is warm enough to start them off. We will plant them out when the weather is warm enough for them to grow outside too.